Head constable M. A. Karim suffered paralysis in the attack on Atamakur police station in 2006 that claimed the lives of three police personnel
“None of us had any weapon and the Maoists were heavily armed. They dragged us to the bushes nearby the police station, tied to the trees and mercilessly showered bullets on us,” recounts head constable M. A. Karim while narrating the incident of that fateful day of August 2006.
Mr. Karim, the lone survivor of the Maoist attack on the Atmakur (M) police station in 2006, whose body below his chest has paralysed for the rest of his life in the attack. He was narrating his horrific tale of the attack that claimed the lives of three police personnel at the Police Martyrs’ Day celebrations here on Monday.
The fateful night
Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Karim said that he, along with ASI Moinuddin and Home Guard Lingaiah, was on night duty at the police station on that day. “It was at around 9 p.m. The otherwise peaceful village near the Atmakur police station was in deep slumber. We were chitchatting at the house of SI Chand Pasha located behind the police station and the SI was preparing his dinner. Suddenly a posse of Maoists barged into the police station. They were 15 in number, all heavily armed with sophisticated weapons,” he recalled. “The armed Maoists then walked into Pasha’s house and confiscated his 9 mm pistol first. They dragged all four of us to the bushes nearby, tied us to the trees and opened fire,” he said.
One of the three bullets fired got pierced through his arm, another through ear. The third bullet hit the spinal chord just below the chest, making him paralysed for the rest of his life.
“Lack of sufficient strength, arms at the police station and the surprise attack left no scope for them to fight back,” he said. Mr. Karim said that the Maoists had left all the police personnel in a pool of blood thinking all the four were dead. “I was unconscious. Some nearby villagers shifted me to the Kamineni Hospital in L.B. Nagar after finding that I was still alive, he recalled.Compensation
Mr. Karim’s son Waseem has been given a Junior Assistant post by the government, apart from the benefits Mr.Karim has got on par with the slain police personnel. The government has sanctioned him his regular salary till his retirement after which he will be given pension. SP T. Prabakara Rao presented him a cheque with a face value of Rs. 7.36 lakh, the arrears of his salary from May 2009 to till last month.