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They deserve medals for gallantry

2017-11-17 08:59:21

They deserve medals for gallantry

 

 

 

By D Bal Reddy

While many officers who just pass instructions from their air-conditioned offices to the ground-level personnel during combing operations manage to get gallantry medals, those who fall to the bullets while fighting the extremists often go unrecognized.

Four senior officers in the annals of Andhra Pradesh police, who laid down their lives in the line of duty, are known for their valour and their concern for the police personnel and the society as a whole.

The four fallen heroes are K S Vyas, Paradesi Naidu, Chadalawada Umesh Chandra and G Krishna Prasad. While Krishna Prasad was assassinated by Islamic fundamentalists, the other three officers were killed by the left wing extremists.

Unfortunately, non of the four officials was given any medol for gallantry. It is time the authorities concerned take steps to recognise their valour and present medals for gallantry, posthumously.

K S Vyas

Vyas was on the top of the left wing extremists’ hit list because the elite anti-naxalite unit Greyhounds was his brainchild and the Maoists feared the outfit thhe most.

Sensing the growing menace of Maoists, Vyas came up with the idea of starting a specialised force to deal with them since the local police were in no way capable of fighting the armed guerrillas.

Steps were taken to start the specialised combat force – Greyhounds - in the year 1989. The name of Greyhounds was changed to Special Security Force (SSF) and its services were utilised for various other purposes as some people in the administration tried to play spoilsport.

Subsequently, the founder of Greyhounds, Vyas was assassinated by the Naxalites when he was jogging at the LB Stadium along with his wife Aruna Vyas on January 27, 1993. He was the first IPS officer to be killed by Naxalites. Later, the Greyhounds was revived with full vigour and a specialised intelligence cell named the Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) was created to help Greyhounds locate the target. The Greyhounds and the SIB together caused irreparable losses to the left-wing extremists forcing them to run away from the state.

A senior IPS officer who worked as the director general of National Security Guards (NSG) says, “Today Andhra Pradesh police is aware of each and every movement of Maoists in the country. It is due to this reason, the entire nation is looking to Greyhounds for help in purging Maoists.”

Umesh Chandra

Umesh Chandra was a courageous and sincere IPS officer known for his great leadership qualities, effective management skills and humanitarian outlook. He commanded unquestioned loyalty and respect from his colleagues. He took keen interest in addressing the problems of the police personnel at home front. He ensured that basic facilities such as water and power connections and road facility were provided for the residential colonies of the police personnel.

While working as the Superintendent of Police, he organised flood relief operations in Kadapa district, without the support of any NGO or the government. He also founded Warangal Police Jagruthi Brundam to dissuade the left wing extremists from wrong path. Umesh Chandra worked hard to curb the Maoist menace wherever he worked. He conducted some of the best operations in the annals of AP Police history to curb the Maoist menace. But, Umesh Chandra was shot dead by Maoists on a busy Hyderabad road on September 4, 1999 in broad daylight, allegedly due to lack of proper security.

G Paradesi Naidu

The dynamic IPS officer was the Superintendent of Police for Mahbubnagar district when he was killed by the left wing extremists on November 13, 1993.

On the fateful day, Paradesi Naidu reached Kolhapur and headed towards Somasila with limited manpower to visit the forest guest house blown up and one RTC bus set on fire by the Maoists.

The SP spoke to villagers after inspecting the crime scene and appealed to the people not to extend cooperation to the Maoists. Later, the SP and other police personnel started their return journey. Within no time, there was a deafening sound of explosion. The bus in which the SP and other personnel were travelling was blown off and it went up in the air coming in contact with the live high power cables resulting in electric short circuit.

While the injured police personnel were still in shock, the Maoists opened gunfire asking the cops to surrender. But Paradesi Naidu, a courageous man he was, instilled confidence in the minds of his personnel, though he himself was paralysed due to loss of both his limbs.

The SPs words worked wonders and those who were in a position to handle weapons retaliated. The pitched battle went on for two hours until reinforcements came. However, Paradesi Naidu, bled to death by the time the gunfight was over.

G Krishna Prasad

Additional Superintendent of Police G Krishna Prasad was shot to death along with his gunman Venkateswar Rao on November 29, 1992 by ISI sponsored terrorist module.

Prasad had gone to search a house following inputs about some terrorists hiding in a house at Brindavan Colony in Tolichowki area of Old city.

The courageous officer did not know that the terrorists were armed with automatic rifles like Kalashnikovs. He knocked at the door when two unsuspecting girls opened the door and tried to prevent Krishna Prasad from making his way into the house.

In the meantime, the terrorists opened fire with the automatic rifles killing Krishna Prasad and his gunman instantaneously.

However, the valour of Krishna Prasad and his gunman did not go in vain. Since Krishna Prasad opened fire from his service pistol in reply to the gunfire from AK56 rifle, the girls received some bullet wounds and came to a hospital for treatment but were caught. Subsequently, they were interrogated and the terror module was neutralised.

 

 

 

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They deserve medals for gallantry

2017-11-17 08:59:21

They deserve medals for gallantry

 

 

 

By D Bal Reddy

While many officers who just pass instructions from their air-conditioned offices to the ground-level personnel during combing operations manage to get gallantry medals, those who fall to the bullets while fighting the extremists often go unrecognized.

Four senior officers in the annals of Andhra Pradesh police, who laid down their lives in the line of duty, are known for their valour and their concern for the police personnel and the society as a whole.

The four fallen heroes are K S Vyas, Paradesi Naidu, Chadalawada Umesh Chandra and G Krishna Prasad. While Krishna Prasad was assassinated by Islamic fundamentalists, the other three officers were killed by the left wing extremists.

Unfortunately, non of the four officials was given any medol for gallantry. It is time the authorities concerned take steps to recognise their valour and present medals for gallantry, posthumously.

K S Vyas

Vyas was on the top of the left wing extremists’ hit list because the elite anti-naxalite unit Greyhounds was his brainchild and the Maoists feared the outfit thhe most.

Sensing the growing menace of Maoists, Vyas came up with the idea of starting a specialised force to deal with them since the local police were in no way capable of fighting the armed guerrillas.

Steps were taken to start the specialised combat force – Greyhounds - in the year 1989. The name of Greyhounds was changed to Special Security Force (SSF) and its services were utilised for various other purposes as some people in the administration tried to play spoilsport.

Subsequently, the founder of Greyhounds, Vyas was assassinated by the Naxalites when he was jogging at the LB Stadium along with his wife Aruna Vyas on January 27, 1993. He was the first IPS officer to be killed by Naxalites. Later, the Greyhounds was revived with full vigour and a specialised intelligence cell named the Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) was created to help Greyhounds locate the target. The Greyhounds and the SIB together caused irreparable losses to the left-wing extremists forcing them to run away from the state.

A senior IPS officer who worked as the director general of National Security Guards (NSG) says, “Today Andhra Pradesh police is aware of each and every movement of Maoists in the country. It is due to this reason, the entire nation is looking to Greyhounds for help in purging Maoists.”

Umesh Chandra

Umesh Chandra was a courageous and sincere IPS officer known for his great leadership qualities, effective management skills and humanitarian outlook. He commanded unquestioned loyalty and respect from his colleagues. He took keen interest in addressing the problems of the police personnel at home front. He ensured that basic facilities such as water and power connections and road facility were provided for the residential colonies of the police personnel.

While working as the Superintendent of Police, he organised flood relief operations in Kadapa district, without the support of any NGO or the government. He also founded Warangal Police Jagruthi Brundam to dissuade the left wing extremists from wrong path. Umesh Chandra worked hard to curb the Maoist menace wherever he worked. He conducted some of the best operations in the annals of AP Police history to curb the Maoist menace. But, Umesh Chandra was shot dead by Maoists on a busy Hyderabad road on September 4, 1999 in broad daylight, allegedly due to lack of proper security.

G Paradesi Naidu

The dynamic IPS officer was the Superintendent of Police for Mahbubnagar district when he was killed by the left wing extremists on November 13, 1993.

On the fateful day, Paradesi Naidu reached Kolhapur and headed towards Somasila with limited manpower to visit the forest guest house blown up and one RTC bus set on fire by the Maoists.

The SP spoke to villagers after inspecting the crime scene and appealed to the people not to extend cooperation to the Maoists. Later, the SP and other police personnel started their return journey. Within no time, there was a deafening sound of explosion. The bus in which the SP and other personnel were travelling was blown off and it went up in the air coming in contact with the live high power cables resulting in electric short circuit.

While the injured police personnel were still in shock, the Maoists opened gunfire asking the cops to surrender. But Paradesi Naidu, a courageous man he was, instilled confidence in the minds of his personnel, though he himself was paralysed due to loss of both his limbs.

The SPs words worked wonders and those who were in a position to handle weapons retaliated. The pitched battle went on for two hours until reinforcements came. However, Paradesi Naidu, bled to death by the time the gunfight was over.

G Krishna Prasad

Additional Superintendent of Police G Krishna Prasad was shot to death along with his gunman Venkateswar Rao on November 29, 1992 by ISI sponsored terrorist module.

Prasad had gone to search a house following inputs about some terrorists hiding in a house at Brindavan Colony in Tolichowki area of Old city.

The courageous officer did not know that the terrorists were armed with automatic rifles like Kalashnikovs. He knocked at the door when two unsuspecting girls opened the door and tried to prevent Krishna Prasad from making his way into the house.

In the meantime, the terrorists opened fire with the automatic rifles killing Krishna Prasad and his gunman instantaneously.

However, the valour of Krishna Prasad and his gunman did not go in vain. Since Krishna Prasad opened fire from his service pistol in reply to the gunfire from AK56 rifle, the girls received some bullet wounds and came to a hospital for treatment but were caught. Subsequently, they were interrogated and the terror module was neutralised.