Kareem injured by Maoists in the raid on Atmakur police station in August

  • Government yet to announce ex gratia for injured constable
  • Constable's kin appeal for compensation

    NALGONDA: Even as the police are celebrating the Martyrs' Day amid fanfare on Saturday, a policeman who defied death and was totally incapacitated in an attack by Maoists is desperately waiting for help.

    "Ye bhagwan ka chamatakar hai. (It is a miracle by god). It is indeed the second birth for me," M.A.Kareem, the constable, who was severely injured during the Maoist attack on Atmakur (M) police station on August 18, told The Hindu on Friday.

    The attackers fired three rounds at Kareem from a close range after killing the SI, ASI and the Home Guard on the fateful night.

    While two bullets injured his right elbow and ear, the third one severely damaged his spinal card.

    Though the doctors at Kamineni Hospital at Hyderabad removed 58 pellets and a piece of empty shell from the spinal card portion, the injury incapacitated him completely.

    Critically injured

    "Literally I am half-dead. My body parts below my chest cannot function at all," Kareem, a Karate black belt holder, said.

    After spending 50 days in the hospital, he was back at his home in Meer Bagh colony here a fortnight ago.

    His wife Yasmin Gousia and the eldest son Md.Ali Salman, an engineering first year student, are attending on him.

    The family, which borrowed about Rs.40,000 to meet his medical expenses, is not happy with the medical aid Kareem is getting now.

    "A surgeon and a physiotherapist should attend to him regularly, but none of them is coming home. We are yet to receive the wheelchair, walker, waterbed and other things as suggested by the doctors at Hyderabad," Salman said, blaming the long procedure in the department for the delay.

    Kareem's wife, who is still in the grip of shock, said: "They had given Rs.9 lakhs for the family members of the slain SI and ASI and Rs.5 lakhs for the home guard as ex gratia but completely forgot my husband, who is and will be bedridden for months together."

    Kareem's relatives appealed to the Government to grant some compensation for his family since it cannot bear the medical expenses for long.

    "I am unable to move my legs and I hope there would be an improvement at a later stage. Till then, I need Government support," Kareem said.