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Image: Mamata Banerjee handing over home guard appointment letter to the two widows. 

Kolkata: West Bengal government has provided an ex-gratia of Rs 5-lakh each and job to a family member of the two men from Bengal who were killed by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) at Mosul in Iraq along with another 37 Indians.

This comes four days since the mortal remains of Khokon Shikdar of Tehatta and Samar Tikadar of Chapra in Nadia reached their families on 2 April.

Shikdar’s widow Sharmista Tikidar, and Tikidar’s widow Namita Shikdar called on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat Nabanna in Howrah today. They were accompanied by their children.

During this, the Chief Minister handed over an ex-gratia of Rs 5-lakh each to Sharmista Tikidar and Namita Shikdar. At the same, she handed over them appointment letters as home guards.

On being informed by the widows that since their children are minor it will be difficult for them to work as home guards, the Chief Minister assured them facilitating a Group D job in the state government once the Panchayat elections get over.

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