Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Martyred cop buried with tricolour

16 Jun 2009, 0238 hrs IST, Jaideep Deogharia, TNN


RANCHI: A police officer who was killed in a Maoist attack was buried in Ranchi, with the national flag still wrapped around the body. The family,
which received the body of Philip Tete after a guard of honour at the police lines here, said there were no cops present at the time of the burial. Police denied negligence on their part.

Tete was killed on June 10 in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists at Chitir village in West Singhbhum district. A native of Barai village, he was officer in-charge of Goelkera police station when he was killed. Two other inspectors and seven policemen too were killed in the blast.

Ranchi SSP Praveen Kumar Singh said the police didn't know that Tete's body was being brought to Ranchi from Chaibasa. No official communication was sent to the Ranchi police about the burial of the martyr in Ranchi, he added.

"Had the Chaibasa police informed us, police officers from here would have definitely attended the burial ceremony as a tribute to the policeman,'' he said.

Singh said the national flag in which the body of a martyr is wrapped was either given to the martyr's family or kept in the police line to which the officer belonged.

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