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Ex gratia after a 38-year wait!

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Superintendent of Police, Guntur Rural, J. Satyanarayana, presenting a cheque for Rs.4.80 lakh to D. Sarojini, widow of police constable D. Devadanam, who was killed by Maoists.- Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar
Superintendent of Police, Guntur Rural, J. Satyanarayana, presenting a cheque for Rs.4.80 lakh to D. Sarojini, widow of police constable D. Devadanam, who was killed by Maoists.- Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

After a prolonged wait for 38 years, the wife of a slain police constable was awarded ex-gratia of Rs.4.80 lakh on Tuesday.

D. Sarojini, wife of D. Devadanam (PC 1850) who was slain during a murderous assault on Cherukupalli police station by Naxalites on May 5, 1975 was presented with a cheque of Rs.4.80 lakh by Superintendent of Police, Guntur Rural, J. Satyanarayana on Tuesday. The Police Department had earlier awarded Rs.20,000 to the next of kith and kin of the policeman’s family.

The Government had revised the ex-gratia norms being awarded to policemen who sacrificed their lives in Maoist attack in the year 1996. The ex-gratia was raised from a mere RS.20,000 to Rs.5 lakh.

The S.P said that he had pursued the issue with the State Government and had the ex-gratia amount sanctioned.

The S.P also gave away immediate relief of Rs.5,000 to surrendered Maoists, Bommanaboyina Akkaiah, Bommanaboyina Guravamma, Upputholla Kumari. The surrendered Maoists would soon be awarded the complete compensation of Rs. 5 lakh in three installments, the S.P said.

Mr. Satyanarayana urged the Maoists to surrender, join the public life and avail themselves of the many welfare programmes initiated by the Government. Officer on Special Duty N. Surya Prakash, DSP, Crime, Vara Prasad and Special Branch CI Srinivasa Rao were present.


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