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Accolades for men in khaki

india Updated: Jan 26, 2009 15:03 IST
Vignesh Iyer

The family of martyred railway police inspector, Sashank Shinde, who died fighting terrorists at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on November 26, claimed on Sunday that it had not received any intimation about Shinde’s nomination for the Kirti Chakra so far.

“Nobody has informed me about his nomination for the gallantry medal,” said his widow, Mansi.

It was only after a determined Mansi brought to light her husband’s achievement, had Shinde’s name been recommended for the Ashok Chakra. “It is the duty of the media now to find out if there was any political interference to omit his name,” Mansi said.

“Considering his valuable contribution, we had recommended his name for Ashok Chakra but the final decision is made by the Centre,” said Government Railway Police Commissioner Ashok Sharma.

Meanwhile, for the families of four of the Mumbai cops who died fighting terrorists, the announcement of Ashok Chakra has brought momentary joy.

“It is a great moment… that my son will be honoured with one of the highest gallantry awards of the nation,” said Col (retd) Maruti Kamte, father of Ashok Kamte, adding, “My grandson too has decided to join the police and I am going to encourage him.”

Mother-in-law of martyred ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Vasundhara Deo (85), said, “His supreme sacrifice has been recognised by the government. I will watch the ceremony on television as my daughter, Kavita, receives the honour.”

“I am very proud that my father will be honoured with the Ashok Chakra,” said Vaishali, daughter of slain assistant sub-inspector Tukaram Omble, who was instrumental in nabbing Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist to be captured alive.