Giving a humane face to uniformed service

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Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, Sep 27 (UNI) Touched by the pitiful condition of Lanka Tejaswini, deserted by her ''revolutionary'' parents to join the outlawed Maoist movement, and setting an example for her ilk, Warangal Superintendent of Police (SP) Soumya Misra has adopted the girl.

Ms Misra adopted Tejaswini, the daughter of Lanka Venkata Papi Reddy alias Saranna who is the CPI (Maoist) Central Committee member, and got her admitted to Vidya Niketan, a prestigious school, by paying Rs 40,000, deviating from the popular notion that the police adopt coercive methods with the kith and kin of wanted criminals and accused.

Tejaswini had been left by the insurgent-couple with her grandparents at Tallapadu village, but as the elderly couple were themselves impoverished, they could not provide for the needs of the little one.

The example set by the 'humane' officer had not gone unnoticed.

Following suit, the Sub-Inspector of Thorrur adopted Jinugu Yashodamma (80), the mother of top naxal leader Jinugu Narasimha Reddy alias Jampanna. Now, the aged woman gets monthly ration and regular medical assistance from the SI.

Introducing reforms from the front, the SP was now trying to make her colleagues emulate this method of compassion towards the parents and children of naxalites.

The programme would be introduced on a large scale shortly in the district to motivate the police to be tender and affectionate towards those left in the lurch by the insurgents, a release from the SP's office said.

UNI

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