The slain Pakur superintendent of police Amarjit Balihar (53), was given a tearful adieu with full state honours at the Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP)-1 premises on Wednesday even as his fraternity vowed to avenge his killing.
Dr Syed Ahmed, governor of Jharkhand, JMM chief Sibu
Soren and a posse of senior administrative and police officials paid homage to the slain SP by laying wreaths on his body draped in the Tricolour.
Jawans downed the barrels of their guns while others bowed their head in reverence to observe two minutes of silence when beguilers blew the mourning tune.
Every police personnel present on the occasion was discussing what went wrong and what should be done to wipe out red terror from the state.
Balihar, along with five other security personnel, was killed in an ambush set by the CPI-Maoists at Kathikund in Dumka district around 400kms northeast of Ranchi. Balihar with his convoy was attacked when returning to Pakur from Dumka after attending a security review meeting called by Priya Dubey, deputy inspector general (DIG), Dumka Zone.
"Befitting reply will be given to the Maoists," said Ahmad after paying tribute to Balihar.
He met the slain SP's children and promised them that the government would not let their father's martyrdom go in vain.
Balihar's younger sister requested the governor to take proper care of his children. "His daughters and son are our responsibility," said the governor.
Anand Shankar, advisor to the governor said, "A proper action plan will be chalked out to prevent such incidents and appropriate action will be taken against them."
The body of the slain SP was taken directly to his residence in Pathalkudwa Basti where senior leaders from political parties and police officers had assembled to pay homage.
Residents of Pathalkudwa Basti and nearby colonies also thronged his residence to pay homage and to console the bereaved family.
The burial was preceded by a procession of Balihar's body, carried in a decorated JAP-1 truck, through the Kantatoli road to All Saints Cemetery Chapel at Kantatoli. Early in the day, officials had brought his body from Dumka to Ranchi by road.
State honours followed after family members and friends paid their last respects to the jawan at the cemetry. Hundreds had assembled to witness the last rites.
The slain's SP's father, Chandra Mohan Balihar and other relatives blamed the government for the brutal killing of Balihar by Maoists in Kathikund.
"The government did not warn him about the Maoist presence in the area. It was total intelligence failure," said the SP's father.
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