“You must take care of your mother,” Union Home Minister P Chidambaram told the son of IPS officer V.K. Choubey, who was killed by Naxalites on July 12 in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district.
Chidambaram was on a tour to Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand to review the arrangements to tackle the Naxalite menace in these states, and “to offer condolences to the families of policemen killed by them”.
Choubey, a superintendent of police, was the first IPS officer to have been killed by the Red rebels in Chhattisgarh.
The government will provide monetary and other assistance needed by the families of martyrs to rebuild their lives, the home minister, who was accompanied by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, added.
“I am moved by the reverence he expressed for policemen who have laid down their lives fighting for the motherland,” said Saumil Choubey, 20, a mechanical engineering student and Choubey’s son.
“Though the vacuum in our lives cannot be filled, his visit told us that the entire nation cares for us,” added Choubey’s wife Ranjana.
Chidambaram also met the family of constable Sanjay Yadav, one of the 30 policemen killed along with Choubey.
“Their sacrifice for the nation will not go waste,” Chidambaram told the families of Choubey and Yadav.
Later, he met state Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, a former Intelligence Bureau director, at the Raj Bhavan and also held a review meeting with the chief minister, home minister and senior state officials. He, however, refused to answer any questions from the media.
In Jharkhand, Chidambaram said the state, along with Chhattisgarh, has become the epicentre of Naxalite activities.
“The Centre is very concerned about the threat posed by the Naxals and will provide adequate paramilitary forces to deal with the situation,” he said.
Chidambaram also ruled out the deployment of the army against the Maoists.
(Inputs from Ranchi bureau)