Makers of the film Attahasa, a biopic on dreaded poacher Veerappan, yesterday distributed financial aid of Rs. 20,000 each to dependants of Police personnel who were killed in anti-Veerappan operations besides condoling their deaths.

Among those who received cheques for Rs. 20,000 along with a tusk as a memento at ‘Nalmeya Nenake’, a function organised at Police Bhavan in city were dependants of Mohanaiah, Shankar Rao, Siddaraju, Rajappa, Govindaraju, Penagonda, Kalappa, Poovaiah, Prabhakar, Prem Kumar, Elangovan, Narasappa, Swamy, Ravi and Ponnappa, who perished in various attacks carried out by the forest brigand who was susequently eliminated.

Lauding the efforts of the director of the movie, Retired DGP Kuchanna Srinivas said that it was a great challenge to any director to make a movie based on historical events and added that several scenes in the movie very much resembled the actual scenes of action.

He also regretted that the government, which were generously offering sops to sportsmen, was not evincing any interest in coming to the rescue of dependants of slain cops. The governments may have their own limitations, but they should be sensitive to issues of safeguarding the interests of kin of those who laid down their lives for the sake of the society, he averred.

IGP (Southern Range) Dr. Ramachandra Rao, City Police Commissioner K.L. Sudheer, SP R. Dileep, DCPs K.P. Bheemaiah, Basavaraj Malagathi and Prabha Shankar, SP (Internal Security) Ramakrishna Prasad, Forest Officer Markandaiah, actor Kishore who plays the role of Veerappan in the movie, Producer-director A.M.R. Ramesh, supporting actor Suchendra Prasad were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore