Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Death of an officer and a 'duty-first' man

15 Jun 2009, 2320 hrs IST, Ajit Nayak, TNN

SAMBALPUR: It was a poignant moment of pain. The moment the news of sub-inspector Narasingh Mahakud's death reached the household at No-156 in the
Police Line, everyone was besieged with disbelief and a state shock.

Neighbours and friends came in soon, and the family, which till the night before was busy preparing for the marriage of Narasingh's youngest daughter, couldn't quite fathom what really happened.

Mahakud, who had got a promotion only recently, joined the BTM outpost in Jharsuguda district. The Sambalpur police had requisitioned him for the anti-Naxal operation. The logic was simple for the bosses: Narasingh knew the area quite well.

Mahakud, who received the President's Award last year in recognition of his honesty and efficiency, lived in the official quarter for the past few years. The family planned to shift to Jharsuguda after the youngest daughter's marriage. But the destiny had something in store.

"We told him that lots of work was to be done for the marriage. But he left without disclosing anything. All he said was _duty first'," said a family member.

Mahakud has four children. The eldest is in the army, the second son is doing his graduation, the eldest daughter is married and the youngest daughter, Sujata, was doing a course in computer.

"He was so committed to his duty that he could not say no when the call came to join the operation. He'd always tell us about his grand plans for his daughter's marriage," a member of his family said.

"He was an gallant officer of unwavering conviction. He fought Maoists wherever he was posted and deployed. This time we thought he would be the best person for the job," DSP-crime (Sambalpur) Dinabandhu Patel said.

"He was leading the team. A Maoist fired on him and the bullet hit his head. He died on Monday morning. We have brought his dead body to VSS Medical College Burla for autopsy," sadar SDPO Dilip Kumar Deo said.

"We all celebrated when my father was chosen the best police officer in 2008 and received the President's medal. How do we know he will leave us for ever so soon," said son Birendra.

"Before he had left, he told me that he would return soon. I don't know why this happened," said daughter Sujata.

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