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Not honouring rail officer may discourage aspirants: Kamte’s dad

india Updated: Jan 26, 2009 15:09 IST
Rachna Pratihar

The omission of Govern-ment Railway Police Inspector Shashank Shinde’s name from the list of Ashok Chakra recipients may not send a positive signal to the police force, said Retired Colonel Maruti Kamte, father of late Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte, at a function at the state police headquarters on Sunday to confer several state and central honours to policemen.

“After fighting bravely and dying in the process, if a policeman’s sacrifice is not recognised, it will certainly send a wrong signal in the force. In fact, it will have a demoralising effect on those who are planning to join the force,” said Colonel Kamte.

“I sympathise with the families who are going through a tough time,” he added.

Shinde’s wife Mansi had alleged that her martyred husband’s name had been omitted from the list of Ashok Chaktra nominees, though his heroic efforts in fighting two terrorists at the CST on November 26 was no less than those who had been chosen for the highest honour.

Shinde was later awarded the Kirti Chakra, the second highest civilian gallantry medal.

Col Kamte also rubbished the controversy surrounding the role played by his son during the terror attack.

“We have conducted an investigation and have found that he did the best possible at that point of time. This is while considering the fact that it was a sudden attack. He fought till the last hour of his life. Only if he had had little chance, he would have shot the two terrorists,” he said.

Col Kamte added that such controversies were a part of government services, especially in cases of decorated officers. “There are several to point fingers. Even I had gone through similar experiences in the army,” he added.

The police officer’s father admitted that it was indeed a great moment for him that his son was to be honoured with one of the highest gallantry awards of the nation.

“My son has carried out the family tradition. We are the oldest police family in Maharashtra. My grand father and my father, who had also served the force, were honoured by the British,” he said, adding, “Even my grandson has decided to join the force and I am going to encourage him to accomplish his goal.”