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Police martyrs deserve a much better deal

Variations in compensation for policemen killed in the line of duty need to be looked into

analysis Updated: Jun 09, 2016 23:14 IST
Superintendent of police Mukul Dwivedi seen wearing his bullet proof vest before going to Jawahar Bagh where clashes between police and encroachers erupted after police tried to evict the encroachers in Mathura
Superintendent of police Mukul Dwivedi seen wearing his bullet proof vest before going to Jawahar Bagh where clashes between police and encroachers erupted after police tried to evict the encroachers in Mathura(Hindustan Times)

On June 2, superintendent of police Mukul Dwivedi and station house officer Santosh Yadav, both posted in Mathura, died carrying out a reconnaissance of the area to evict the encroachers on government land.

The following day, a convoy of the Border Security Force was attacked by militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen in Anantnag district, Jammu and Kashmir, and three BSF men were killed while nine troopers were injured.

On June 4, assistant sub-inspector Bashir Ahmed Ahangar and constable Reyaz Ahmed of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, who were managing the traffic at the main bus stand in Anantnag, were attacked by suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militants. They later died of bullet injuries.

Hardly a day passes when news of policemen laying down their lives in the line of duty is not reported. In 2014, the Central Reserve Police Force alone lost 323 of its personnel. In 2015 till August, 434 police persons died in the line of duty. For their sacrifices, their families are paid a pittance.

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There are no rules governing what their families can claim. The ex-gratia or compensation varies from state to state. Most states assure family members that one of them will get a job in the state government. Among the states, Madhya Pradesh is known to pay the maximum compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the families of police persons killed in the line of duty.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh has cleared a proposal for paying Rs 50 lakh to the families of the personnel of the central paramilitary forces killed in action. This is over and above the compensation given by the states.

In the Mathura incident, after the initial announcement of Rs 20 lakh as compensation to the families of the policemen, the amount was enhanced to Rs 50 lakh by UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.

In Delhi, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore for constable Narottam Dass of the Central Reserve Police Force, who lost his life in a landmine blast in Gaya in February last year. Dass was from Najafgarh in Delhi. Earlier this year, he announced a similar amount for a Delhi Police constable who died on duty.

Compare this to the paltry Rs 2 lakh paid by the Jharkhand government to the family of BSF trooper Krishan Kumar Dubey, who was killed by terrorists from Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir last year.

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Variations in compensations need to be looked into. The ministry of home affairs can play a pivotal role in this by bringing the states on one platform, in order to create some uniformity.

MP Nathanael is a retired inspector general of police, CRPF

The views expressed are personal