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Police officials awarded for distinguished service

Saturday, January 12, 2019
By Dev Kotak

In a function organised by the Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) to felicitate the distinguished and meritorious services of cops towards solving key cases and making exemplary attempts to improve relations between police and the citizens, the recepients were awarded for their efforts by chief guest and Mumbai Police Commissioner Subodh Kumar Jaiswal.

The event was held to recognise the untiring efforts of the awardees, who had undertaken tasks under challenging circumstances and were now being appreciated for providing outstanding public service in 2017. The gathering was to express gratitude towards the services rendered by the police force. 

The initiative is a reminder of the round-the-clock duties performed by the men in khakhi to keep the city free of anti-social and criminal elements and instil amongst Mumbaikars a sense of safety. The event, in its second year now was presided over last year by current Director General and former commissioner Datta Padsalgikar to boost the morale and confidence of police officials who had shown great promise and solved cases. 

There were 13 awardees in all, including a slain constable who had shown daredevilry and lost his life in the line of duty while trying to nab a suspected thief who had entered a government residential colony. The late police naik, Ajay Gawand of Dongri police station, was mercilessly hit on the head several times, resulting in his death. He was conferred upon an award under the category of eroic death while performing duty. Gawand award was collected by his widow, Swati, who was given a job as a junior clerk in the Pune police department by the state police after her husband death. 

“It is an emotional moment for my son Harsh (8) and me, I wish he was alive. He was always very helpful and supportive to us and his other colleagues too. We miss his jovial and playful nature. I got a call that night from the police station that he has met with an accident. The police have been very supportive to us, said Swati. 

Some of he categories include best detection, best conviction, best recovery of property, heroic death while performing duty, courageous act applied to save human lives while on duty, best investigation in cyber crime and efforts to curb narcotics menace.

Constable Sudarshan Shine, once such policeman, was responsible for saving the lives of eight persons trapped inside the horrific Kamal Mills blaze that broke out in December 2017. The grim incident claimed 14 lives.

Another proud recipient, police constable from Worli police station Sudarshan Shinde said received a wireless message when the fire broke out and the compound was flooded with fire brigade trucks. Those stuck inside had put on their torch lights at the windows in the venue which I could see from below. I ran towards the exit door, which was shut. I pushed it open and helped those stuck, down. I barely thought about my life, no face masks (because a lot of smoke had accumulated) or fire proof suits were available that time. I love working on the wireless as it allows me to directly jump in to the action and don't have to wait till additional help or forces arrive.

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