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Police official who lived his vow

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, JAN. 6. While returning from a late night movie, K.C. Surendra Babu was stopped by a police patrol party and taken to the Ramachandrapuram police station. Perturbed at the incident, the engineering student vowed to become a top cop one day.

Family members rued that incident as they awaited the body of Babu, who lived his vow to join the Indian Police Services (IPS) in 1997, but fell to a landmine triggered by the CPI (Maoist) naxalites in Munger district of Bihar on Wednesday.

As heartrending scenes unfolded at the slain IPS officer's residence at BHEL MIG colony, his brother, K.C. Ravi Kumar cried: "He wanted to prove a point, but look what has happened."

Mr. Kumar said his younger brother completed his engineering course in metallurgy and had several job offers, including the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and BPCL, Baroda. "But he was determined to join the police force and worked hard towards his goal."

Surendra Babu studied at BHEL Higher Secondary School before going to APRJC at Nagarjuna Sagar and then to Warangal for his engineering course.

Poser to naxals

While his father, K.C. Naik, retired after a long association with the BHEL, Mr. Kumar is presently employed with the organisation. His another brother, K.C. Thyagaraj, who is employed with the National Thermal Power Station, Ramagundam, rushed home on coming to know about Babu's death and was inconsolable. "What have the naxals achieved by claiming the life of my brother," he sought to know.

As news spread, colleagues of Mr. Naik and Mr. Ravi Kumar thronged the residence. The police were also present in large numbers to grieve the death of their colleague.

`Unfortunate'

The Medak Superintendent of Police, Devender Singh Chouhan, a batch-mate of Babu, described the death as unfortunate. "Though we were very far from each other, we kept in touch over telephone all the time. In fact, Surendra Babu spoke to me on the day he took charge as SP of Munger," he said.

The former Minister, K. Vijayarama Rao, also visited the family of Babu and consoled them. The slain SP's father tried his best to maintain his composure but could hardly check himself when his former colleagues from the BHEL came visiting him.

He broke down and cries filled the lane as more relatives, who made vain efforts to console him, found themselves joining the elderly man. "Naik made a humble beginning, but ensured that his children got the best in life. But today, his sacrifices seem to have come to a nought," one bemoaned.

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