32-year-old Sub Inspector Feroz Ahmad Dar was the only earning member of his family. They will now receive Rs 10 lakh as compensation - significantly lower than Delhi, where the chief minister recently announced Rs 1 crore as compensation for a policeman's family. Similarly, the families of policemen killed in the line of duty get Rs 65 lakh in Bihar, 56 lakhs in Uttar Pradesh, 54 lakhs in Chhattisgarh and 44 lakhs in Andhra Pradesh.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met the family of Feroz Ahmad Dar on Monday, but beyond words of sympathy, she had very little to offer. Frustrated with the lack of response, around one lakh state police personnel are donating their one-day's salary to help the families of the 19 policemen killed in terror attacks this year. The state police chief has now written to the centre to rectify the discrepancy.
Off camera, police jawans say they are being discriminated against by the government, despite fighting a war for the country.
"The job of J&K police jawan is much more difficult than jawans who come from outside state. The local policeman lives in the same society but he is virtually socially ostracised," said Mr Vaid.
As per official records, more than 1500 policemen have sacrificed their lives in the 27 years of militancy, but they die as unsung heroes.