CRPF steps in for its own – Calcutta Telegraph

Patna, April 30: The CRPF has offered to set up a model library at Bharandua village, Krishna Kumar Pandey’s home in Rohtas district, in memory of the jawan who was among the 25 personnel killed in the Sukma Maoist attack last week.

A team from the CRPF’s 47th battalion headed by inspector Abhishek Kumar visited the village in Rohtas district’s Chenari block, around 185km southwest of Patna, today, a day after The Telegraph highlighted demands of Pandey’s family members and other Bharandua residents. The CRPF team visited the Ram Dulari Ganga Inter College in Chenari where KK – as friends and family called Pandey – had studied up to matriculation. Acting principal Vivekanand Sah promised to provide two rooms for the library on the school premises.

The library will be named after Pandey (30), who is survived by his wife Anita and 11-month-old daughter Aditya.

Bharandua villagers had listed a set of demands for the government they wanted fulfilled in 72 hours. Their main demands: the village school, library and community hall should be named after KK and a memorial should be set up.

CRPF inspector Abhishek said books up to Class XII, novels, autobiographies of global personalities and books on competitive examinations will be provided to the library.

Abhishek, whose battalion is stationed at Badalgarh in Rohtas district, said a separate building will be constructed for the model library once the the CRPF headquarters releases funds. “We have also planned to set up a memorial or build a big gate at the entrance of the village as a mark of respect to the departed soul,”he said.

The paramilitary force will bear the entire expense of running the library. Once the library building is constructed, the CRPF plans to add more facilities, such as game kits and computers for kids.

Bharandua residents, who had gathered in large numbers during the CRPF team visit, apprised the members of their other demands such as setting up a skill development centre and all-round development of the school.

KK’s brother Amarjeet Pandey said the residents lauded the initiative of the force. “We have also submitted a separate memorandum to the Rohtas district magistrate with our demands,” he said.

KK’s relatives had called on Rohtas district magistrate Animesh Kumar Parashar, requesting for a link road to their house as well as the school. The DM has assured them of recommending KK’s widow for a state government job, and of fulfilling other demands such as allotment of 2.5 acres of land, and a petrol pump or an LPG refill distribution centre for the family.

The residents were also all praise for the CRPF and Gautam Gambhir Foundation for taking initiatives to help the bereaved family.

“What is shocking is that no representative from the ruling Grand Alliance in the state has shown interest so far to even make a courtesy visit to the martyr’s family,” said Dinesh Tiwary. a resident of KK’s village.

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