Hyderabad: Heartrending scenes were witnessed at a ceremony organised here on Friday in connection with the first anniversary of the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir when several family members of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) martyrs recalled how their sons laid down their lives in the line of duty. The families recalled how their sons used to call them every day and enquire about their well-being. Despite the harsh condition while discharging duties, they never gave a hint of it and would tell their relatives that they would meet them soon.
“But one day, when we did not receive the call from our son Narasimha, we felt something bad has happened. A few hours later, we got a call from a senior officer informing us the tragic news,” Narasimha’s father Lingaiah said.
Narasimha hailing from Siddipet district died in the Maoist attack in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh in 2014. The families said they had explained to their children that the job was too risky and asked them to apply for another job. However, their reply was that they were working for the country. The CRPF organised a felicitation ceremony at the southern sector CRPF office in memory of martyrs from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking on the occasion, southern sector IG MR Naik assured all the bereaved family members that they could approach his office for any assistance. Tributes were paid to the martyrs who laid down their lives while dealing with cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and in Left Wing Extremist (LWE) areas. Around 28 of next of kin (NOK) of CRPF martyrs from the two Telugu States were honoured during the ceremony.
The grievances pointed out by the NOKs during the interaction with the families were also considered for immediate redressal. DIG level officers will visit the hometowns of the martyrs in the two States to sort out their grievances. A booklet on martyrs from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh was also released on the occasion.