The family of Bhudeo Singh, the doctor beaten to death by inmates of a Bihar prison, on Sunday refused to accept the Rs 10 lakh offered by the state government and asked for compensation on the lines paid to an IAS officer slain in 1994.
State government officials led by home secretary Amir Subhani visited Singh’s home on Sunday to hand over the money, but the family refused it on the plea that it "was a meagre amount and (they) would not accept it till they got justice".
Sources said that the doctor’s family was demanding compensation on a par with the one given to former Gopalganj DM G Krishnaiah, who was killed by a mob in 1994. The state government had announced full salary to his family till what would have been his date of retirement, and free education to his children. Krishnaiah had by then completed about seven years in the IAS.
"He was a class-one officer and so was doctor saheb. Singh, like the DM, was killed on duty. Why this discrimination in payment of compensation? He should get the same treatment," said Vijay Krishna, Singh's brother-in-law.
Subhani, however, denied the family refused to accept the compensation. "They didn’t refuse it but they said they would take it when they come to Patna."
Singh was killed on May 29 in the jail when he went inside a ward to do the medical check-up of a prisoner. The act was allegedly committed by Ranjan Yadav and six of his men – all serving life imprisonment for kidnapping and murder.
Yadav and two others wanted the doctor to prepare for them fake medical certificates so that they would not be shifted to another prison.
Chief minister Nitish Kumar has recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the murder.