The din of the questions over the daring jailbreak and police ‘encounter’ dimmed as thousands of teary-eyed people bid head warder of Bhopal central jail Ramashankar Yadav farewell at the Gandhi Nagar crematorium in Bhopal on Tuesday.
The 57-year-old head constable died when one of the eight SIMI radicals slit his throat with a knife fashioned out of a steel plate before breaking out of the high-security jail early on Monday morning.
“Our father gave his life in the line of duty while serving the nation in the best possible way. We will continue his legacy by serving the country,” Yadav’s eldest son Shambunath, who is serving in the Indian Army and is posted in Assam, told HT.
Grief-stricken Prabhunath, younger son of the head constable who is also serving the Army, said: “Father would have been alive had he backed out during the jailbreak, but he did not. For him, his integrity and loyalty towards his duty and the nation was the most important thing.”
“He put his best possible effort to stop the SIMI men from escaping, which was the demand of his duty and in the process lost his life.”
The family, which was preparing for Yadav’s daughter Sonia’s wedding before the tragedy, has now postponed the programme.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was present at the funeral, also praised Yadav for “single-handedly” trying to fight the terrorists and stop them from escaping.
He said the state government will “take care” of the family and announced Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia for Yadav’s family and another `5 lakh for the marriage of his daughter which was slated in December this year.
“This colony where he (Yadav) lived will be named Shaheed Ramashankar Yadav colony and a statue of his will also be installed. Funds are not a constraint and more aid and money will be provided to the family when it is required,” the CM said.
(With PTI inputs)