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Row over plan for President's Gallantry Medals

india Updated: Dec 03, 2009 19:00 IST
M Hasan

The UP police plan to give President's gallantry Medals to those who participated in encounter of dreaded dacoit Ghanshyam Kewat in Chitrakoot has landed into controversy.

Four police personnel were killed and two senior IPS officers- VK Gupta (IG- PAC) and SK Singh (DIG Chitrakoot) were critically injured. Additional director general (law and order-east) Brijlal was also present during history's longest 27-hour encounter in Bundelkhand's ravines on June 18, 2009.

However now desperate efforts are being made at the DGP headquarters to deny the President's award to deserving cops including the two injured IPS officers and give to non-deserving personnel.

The controversy has also been brought to the notice of Principal Secretary (Home) Kunwar Fateh Bahadur.

Highly placed sources told Hindustan Times on Thursday that one senior IPS officer had been making determined efforts to get the award.

"Manipulations are being made to ensure award to only one IPS officer, who was at a safe distance and not injured", said one officer.

In order to cut down the list of proposal for President's medal the DGP headquarters gave Chief Minister's medal to two slain cops- Beni Madho Singh and Shamim.

Since Brijlal was present during the operation, the then DGP Vikram Singh had ordered constitution of a committee headed by senior ADG RS Dhillon so that claim for gallantry awards by all including Brijlal could be impartially assessed. But this committee was not formed after Vikram Singh's transfer.

Refusing to comment Vikaram Singh told HT "I don't remember my order".

When asked for comment the ADG (law and order-west) AK Jain said the proposal had so far not come for screening. IG Assistant to DGP (IG A-to-DGP) AKD Dwividi however flatly refused to comment on the issue. Brijlal, was not available for comment.

As per the normal procedure the proposal comes from district police but in this case because of involvement of three IPS officers the situation is different.

"How a district SP could propose the name of ADG, IG and DIG for award", asked one officer and added it has to be at the state level. The proposal is to be forwarded to centre during December so that it could be announced on next Republic Day.

Normally in one incident President's Award could not be given to more than five to six persons. In this case the list is long, including two injured IPS officers, four slain cops, two special operation group (SOG) cops who chased the fleeing Kewat and killed him and several others.