MOHAMMED ABU Bakar had gone home last Wednesday on holiday after a long time. In fact, the 27-year-old had applied for the leave after his father, Mohammed Madin, complained that he hardly ever came home since joining the police force five years ago.
Abu Bakar, an Andhra Pradesh Special Police commando on deputation to the anti-Maoist unit Greyhounds, had promised his father he would spend at least a week at home, on the outskirts of Vijayawada, with his parents, his sister and her children. On Friday, Abu Bakar was playing with his nephew and niece when he got a call to duty.
On Monday evening, his bullet-riddled body arrived home. He had been killed in the anti-Maoist operation in Malkangiri.
Abu Bakar was a constable with the Special Police’s 11th Battalion based at Kadapa, had trained as a commando, and
was stationed at a Greyhounds unit near Vizag. On Friday, sources said, after the police got information about a
Maoist meeting in Malkangiri, a team of Greyhounds commandos was quickly put together to assist Odisha Police. Bakar was part of that team.
“He had promised to stay for a few days this time. But then the phone call came and he left urgently,” Madina said.
On Saturday, Bakar called his father to say he was going for an operation and asked the family not to call on his cellphone. “He said he would contact us after the operation and would come home in a couple of days. That was the last I spoke with him,” Madina said.
The family lives in a small house on Balachevru Road in Gajuwaka, on the outskirts of Vizag city. For Madina, then an autorickshaw driver, it was a struggle to educate his son, a BCom.
“We used to call him Abbu – the whole colony knew him as Abbu,” her son Shaikh Imam said of his slain uncle. The parents said they were planning to get Abu Bakar married early next year.
The Andhra Pradesh government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 40 lakh for Abu Bakar’s family. DGP N Sambasiva Rao met the family Monday night.