Slain commando was on leave, but joined duty

24 October, Visakhapatnam

Mohammed Abubakur, senior commando of Greyhounds, who died during the gunbattle with Maoists today, had came to his hometown (BC Coloney) Gajuwaka in the city just one week ago, to spend time with family.

Three days back, he received a call from his senior officials to join the dutiy for an urgent operation. But, the operation turned tragic for family members of Abubakur as the commando died in the gun battle with ultras in Malkangiri forest area.

The 27-year-old left his home and reported to duties following a phone call from his higher officials.

After reaching Munchingput area on Wednesday, he called his parents Mohammed Madina and Unnisa Begum that he was on an important mission on Andhra Odisha Border and requested them not to make any phone calls.

”My son said he would return soon after the operation was completed and assured that he would stay at least for one week in home. But, his body with blood marks arrived,” said his parents, in a choked voice.

The family members of the slain commando were seen inconsolable. His father, who is an auto-rickshaw driver by profession, has put in a lot of efforts to bring up Bakur and his sister.

The parents of the Abubakur said that the command liked his sister’s children a lot and used to call them on very Sunday and talked to them for an hour. DGP of Andhra Pradesh N Sambasiva Rao, along with few other police officials, visited the slain commando’s home and expressed condolences to the family members.The DGP gave them a cheque fo Rs 20 lakh as ex-gratia and promised them another Rs 18 lakh.

His parents will get his monthly salary till superannuation.Dismissing the allegations that the Maoists were killed in a cold-blooded encounter, Mr Rao said the red rebels were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces only.

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