Special Correspondent

Pall of gloom descends on slain constable's native village

TIRUPATI: The bullet-riddled body of the slain APSP constable U. Ramesh, who was killed in a terrorist shootout at Hyderabad on Friday, was laid to rest with full State honours at his native village Guttavaripalle near Madanapalle, 120 km from here on Saturday.

A pall of gloom descended on the remote village as the constable's body draped in tricolour arrived at his residence where his wife, Shantakumari, also a constable in Punganur police station along with their kith and kin, had already converged to receive his mortal remains. Earlier, the coffin carrying the constable's body was said to have been briefly placed at the headquarters of the 11th Batallion of the APSP at Kadapa to let the members of the battalion pay their last respects to Ramesh, who attained martyrdom as he fell to the bullets of unidentified assailants while on a picket duty in the old city of Hyderabad.

Heart-rending scenes were witnessed as his body arrived at his residence around 11 a.m. on board a vehicle from Hyderabad and was kept there to let his kith and kin pay their last respects. Ramesh's aged father, Venkatramana and his widow, Shantakumari, burst into tears, hardly able to control their emotions as the body left on its last journey to the burial ground. After a gun salute and full State honours, his body was laid to rest. Among those who attended the funeral were Inspector General and the Deputy Inspector General of the A.P. Special Police Force, Superintendent of Police, Chittoor, Ramakrishna and the Joint Collector, Chittoor, Pradyumna. Information reaching here said that the funeral was delayed by over three hours as the two district Ministers Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy and Galla Arunakumari, preoccupied as they were with other government programmes, could not make it in time to the last rites.