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Mother of martyred Police Jawan constructed a memorial as a tribute for her son’s bravery

Written by Subhash Krishnan

villagers also pay their respects to Basil Toppo during festivals. They light up diyas and candles around the memorial during Diwali every year and cut cake on Christmas as well

Chhattisgarh: A mother of a police jawan, Basil Toppo who lost his life in a Naxal attack, constructed a memorial in memory of her son in the Perva Aara village of Jashpur, Chattisgarh.’I feel proud of him,’ said Police Jawan Mother on his sacrifice of life for the nation’s security. She got the memorial painted on Republic Day 2022. Police Jawan Basil Toppo lost his life while fighting Naxalites in Bastar in 2011.’He was in Police and was killed in an attack in 2011 in Bastar,’ said his uncle. Basil Toppo’s memorial is located at the school square of the village. The government had promised to build his memorial to honour his sacrifice. Reportedly, when there were no efforts from the government for two years, the family members resorted to build it on their own. As per reports, the villagers also pay their respects to Basil Toppo during festivals. They light up diyas and candles around the memorial during Diwali every year and cut cake on Christmas as well. Reportedly, his sisters also tie rakhi on the wrist of the memorial every year on Raksha Bandhan. Martyr’s mother also cleans his memorial on every festival or special occasion herself.
When it came to Naxalite occurrences in Chhattisgarh in 2011, it was the hotspot. Maoist militants in this state blew up a bridge on July 21, killing four people and injuring five more. The incident occurred when Nandkumar Patel, the state Congress party chief, was returning from a party gathering. A total number of incidents: 1931, 275 civilians were killed in all, and 128 security personnel were slain in all. Last in 2010, at least 75 members of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were slain in a Naxalite ambush in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

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