Families of 95 policemen who lost their lives on duty earlier to 1996, get compensation finally

Finally, the families of as many as 95 police personnel across the State who lost their lives while performing duties earlier to 1996 have started receiving compensation. Though the families have received the compensation almost after 16 years and in some case after more than two decades, it was made possible only after initiation by some senior police officers, including DGP V. Dinesh Reddy, Additional DGP (Intelligence) Mahender Reddy and DIG (SIB) V.C. Sajjanar.

According to sources, this all began when Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was the Chief Minister. He had directed the administration to collect the details of the civilians who died in attacks by extremists and provide compassionate appointment to one of the dependents. The G.O. was issued in 2008.

Taking cue from this, the police officials started an initiative to get similar benefits to the families of the police personnel. Though it took a long time, the State government finally identified as many as 95 families of the police personnel who lost their lives while performing duties. Each family was paid a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh and it was being distributed to the families for the past few days.

Superintendent of Police G. Vijaya Kumar distributed compensation to five families of the deceased police personnel from Medak district at Sangareddy on Friday. Families of Damodar Reddy, Mallesham (killed by extremists when they went to Dharmasagar village in Kowdipally mandal in 1991), Rajagopalachary, Chandraiah (killed by extremists when they visited a village in Daulatabad mandal to inquire a case in 1991) and Yellaiah (killed by dacoits at Sangareddy in 1992 when trying to prevent it) have received the compensation.

“The government has recently issued orders in this regard and the compensation was paid to them. This was made possible because of the initiative taken up by senior officers”, said a police officer.