GUWAHATI, Oct 1 – Umesh Kakati, a ‘Nayak’ of the 14th Assam Police Battalion (APBN) camping at Daulashal headquarters of the Battalion in Nalbari district has finally got his service and dedication recognised by his department. Kakati, 58 now, had to wait for over 18 years to get justice.
On February 11, 1995, Kakati received grievous injury in an incident of extremist attack on the Saukuchi camp of the 14 APBN under Barbari Police Station. He was on duty as a section commandant with seven jawans under him when the extremists opened a volley of fire upon the camp inmates.
Two constables – Dhiren Das and Koseswar Bora were killed on the spot and Kakati received bullet injuries resulting from a burst of a stengun on his ankle. He was rushed to the Nalbari Civil Hospital. Following Nalbari Civil Hospital’s failure to remove the bullets, he was referred to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) the next day.
At the GMCH, though the bullets were removed from Kakati’s body, he lost two of his bones in the ankle. Kakati bought steel plates from Patna spending Rs 72,000 from his own pocket to replace the bones.
He had to stay at the Orthopedics Department of the GMCH for three years and 27 days for his treatment and to meet the expenses of his treatment and to run his family of five, he had to sell out his entire ancestral landed property comprising one bigha and six lechas of ‘basti land.’ Kakati spent around Rs 5.75 lakh on his treatment.
Talking to this newspaper, Kakati said he had to run from pillar to post, to secure financial support from the Police Department for the past about 18 years. But he had to confront only despair.
Meanwhile, he failed to undergo the required training for his promotion to the post of Havilder.
Only recently, the Director General of the State Police, JN Choudhury instructed all the commandants and SPs and the Finance Department to ensure reimbursement of the medical expenses of Kakati in full. The DGP has evinced keen interest in the case, a beaming Kakati said.