Five brave civil-servants who lost lives in service to nation
In India, the civil services are a dream for many but being a civil servant is tough and needs great commitment. There are many dedicated civil servants who have made the country proud with their extraordinary work. However, there are some brave civil servants who sacrificed their lives in service to the nation. Here are five such brave civil servants to know about.
Randhir Prasad Verma, a 1974-batch IPS officer, was known for eliminating several criminal gangs in Jharkhand's Dhanbad. Verma, who was Dhanbad's Superintendent of Police, was killed by some armed men who attempted to rob a bank in 1991. Before being shot, he single-handedly took on many robbers. He was posthumously awarded Ashoka Chakra gallantry award; a commemorative postage stamp was issued in his honor.
Satyendra Dubey was a dedicated and honest civil servant who died fighting corruption He was an officer of the Indian Engineering Services and was one of the project directors of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). He was reportedly murdered in 2003 for exposing high-level corruption in the central government's Golden Quadrilateral Highway construction project.
Gulzar Hussain was a senior police officer who was killed in an ambush by the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland's Songbijit faction in Assam's Sonitpur district in 2014. The Additional Superintendent of Police of Sonitpur was killed while returning from a night-long operation against the militants on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. Hussain was one of the cops killed in the gruesome NDFB attack.
Shanmugam Manjunath was a "Grade A" officer working with the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). This brave officer was also murdered for raising voice against corruption by exposing oil mafia in Uttar Pradesh. He had exposed and sealed illegal petrol pumps that sold adulterated fuel in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri. His opposition to corruption led to his murder in 2005.
Narendra Kumar, a 2009-batch IPS officer from Bihar, also paid a heavy price for fighting corruption. He is known for battling illegal stone-mining when he was posted in Madhya Pradesh's Morena district. However, his fight against the mining mafia also led to his murder. In 2012, he was crushed to death by a tractor illegally carrying stones when he was trying to stop it.