India, Sept. 17 -- When Central Reserve Police Force trooper Ramesh Kumar died in the line of duty during the 2002 Jammu & Kashmir elections, Rs 5 lakh was the least his widow, Pramila Devi, expected as the compensation she was entitled to. Devi never imagined it would take her 18 years and repeated reminders to get the compensation.

Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora, ordered the transfer of Rs 20 lakh into Devi's bank account after she had an email sent to him last month about the pending payment around two decades after Kumar played a part in ensuring what has been described among fairest electoral exercises in the erstwhile state. The elections ushered in an extended spell of peace in the region, where rigged polls in the 1980s...