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IPS officer killed by Bihar naxalites cremated in AP

January 07, 2005 18:09 IST

Indian Police Service officer K C Surendra Babu, who was killed in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists in Bihar's Munger district, was cremated with full police honours at Nallagandla in his home state Andhra Pradesh on Friday afternoon.

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) naxalites blasted with landmines the vehicle in which Surendra Babu and six other policemen were travelling in the Lakshmipur forests near Bhimbandh on January 5.

The IPS officer, along with his team, was returning after conducting combing operations against naxalites, who had looted five weapons from the Kajra railway station a day earlier.

His body was brought to the city on Thursday night.

He is survived by wife Lakshmi Devi, who is a civil assistant surgeon in Bihar, and four-year-old daughter K Sushmita.

Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhar Reddy paid his respects to the slain officer at the residence of Babu's father, K C Naik, at the Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited Colony at Ramachandrapuram, on the city outskirts, where the body was kept before cremation.

The Bihar government has announced an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh to Surendra Babu's family. It has also offered a flat in any part of the country to his wife and also to meet the educational expenses of Sushmita.

Surendra Babu, who hailed from the tribal hamlet of Narsimpalli in Bukkapatnam mandal in Anantapur district, joined the IPS in 1997 after completing engineering in 1992.

He was assigned the Bihar cadre and had eventful stints as Purnea superintendent of police and commandant of the Bihar Military Police's 18th battalion. On December 18, he had busted an illegal arms factory.

He was transferred from Sitarmarhi district to Munger only a fortnight ago.


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