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Ashok chakra for Karkare and others

The Maharashtra government has recommended all the 12 police personnel, who sacrificed their lives fighting terrorists in 26/11 attacks for Ashok Chakra, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.

india Updated: Dec 24, 2008 21:17 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra

The Maharashtra government has recommended all the 12 police personnel, who sacrificed their lives fighting terrorists in 26/11 attacks for Ashok Chakra.

Replying to a debate on law and order situation in the state Assembly, Home minister Jayant Patil said that the government has also recommended to bestow gallantry award to all police personnel, including railway policeman who were injured, while fighting terrorists.

These 12 police personnel include: anti-terrorist squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, senior IPS official Ashok Kamte and inspector Vijay Salaskar. "We have sent the recommendations to the concerned authorities at centre for the final decision," Patil said.

The minister assured the House that families of the police personnel, who died in Mumbai terror attack, would get the ex-gratia payment and other benefits that the government had announced, within the next eight days. Some members protested and complained that barring a letter of providing housing, members of these families did not get anything so far.

To a query, Patil said that in view of the uniformity in the Mumbai terror attack case, the home ministry entrusted the inquiry to Mumbai crime branch. Earlier, a portion of the case was being investigated by ATS while the crime branch was probing rests.

The minister said that the government would come out with a comprehensive long-term security plan for the state and particularly for Mumbai soon for ensuring law and order and peace in the progressive state. "The plan would be the best in the country," he claimed. He also dismissed the allegations that the Maharashtra has become most notorious state for high crime rate. "This is purely exaggeration," he said.

The minister informed the House that the state security council was set up under the chairmanship of the chief minister while leader of the opposition, representatives from political parties, corporate sector and social organisations were included in it.

Earlier, the Opposition lashed out the government for the deteriorating law and order situation in the state and demanded immediate removal of the DGP, AN Roy and the Mumbai police chief, Hassan Gafoor. Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde alleged that despite strictures from CAT and negative remarks from the state law and judiciary department, the state government preferred to challenge the CAT verdict on the appointment of Roy as DGP before the High Court verdict.