While the late assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Gurdial Singh, who was shot dead by miscreants in 2011, has been awarded the President's police medal for gallantry posthumously, there are several families, whose breadwinners had attained martyrdom during duty, but have been left to fend for themselves.
Promises made by top officials and government to these families have been remained on paper till date, forcing them to run from pillar to post to get their rights.
One such family is that of home guard jawan Ram Kishan, who was killed during an encounter with militants in Rayian village near Jagraon on December 26, 1991. The terrorists had opened attack on the train, and Kishan was trying to save passengers of the train, when he was shot in his head by the militants.
Gurmel Kaur, 66, Kishan's widow, said the only facility that she had been provided by the police department was the accommodation in the police colony at Jamalpur.
"After the death of my husband, the then top officials and representatives of the government had made promises that the police department would give job to one of our three sons. At that time their son, Rashpal Singh, was 17, and the police officers had asked them to approach again when he turned 18," Gurmel said.
"When I contacted the police department after one year, the officers refused to give job to Rashpal, as he was illiterate. However, I had come to know that in special cases, the police had recruited many personnel who were school dropouts or illiterate. When I contacted the officials again, they had asked me to wait for some time," she added.
She said, "I am a heart patient and live on medicines. Rashpal, with whom I am living, is a tempo driver. He has meagre earnings, which make it hard for us to make both ends meet."
Gurmel said due to militancy in Punjab she did not send Rashpal to school, and he was raised by his elder sister, who was married in Baroda of Gujarat.
She said she had sent her documents, along with applications, four times to director general of police (DGP) office, but to no avail, adding that the present DGP, Sumedh Singh Saini, who had fought the battle against terrorism in Punjab, had, too, been ignoring her pleas.