Around 2 in the afternoon on Tuesday, Pakur district superintendent of police Amarjeet Balihar called up his wife to let her know that he would be joining the family at their Ranchi residence on Wednesday.
Less than two months ago, Balihar had got independent charge of Pakur and his family was thrilled as the new posting was not that notorious in terms of Maoist activities.
An hour after Tuesday’s call, Balihar was killed along with four others when Maoists attacked a police convoy in the Damini forests in Jharkhand’s Dumka district.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son, two younger brothers and parents.
This year, his elder daughter appeared for the class 12 exams and the younger one for class 10.
Balihar, who had completed his schooling as well as college from Ranchi, was drafted in the Bihar police service as deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in 1986.
Promoted to the IPS from the state police service in 2003, Balihar served at different places before being given independent charge of Pakur district as SP as recently as May 17.
“My brother was a role model for us. It is an irreparable loss for us,” said a sobbing David Balihar, the slain SP’s younger brother, who serves as block development officer (BDO) with the Jharkhand government.