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Sena to approach Centre seeking Ashok Chakra for 26/11 martyr

While family of 26/11 terror attack hero, GRP Inspector late Shashank Shinde is blaming Maharashtra Govt for failure to convince the Centre to award him Ashok Chakra, Shiv Sena has stepped in, saying it would make Centre "realise Shinde's supreme sacrifice and bravery."

india Updated: Jan 25, 2009 10:22 IST

While family of 26/11 terror attack hero, GRP Inspector late Shashank Shinde is blaming Maharashtra Government for failure to convince the Centre to award him Ashok Chakra, the nation's highest peacetime gallantry award, Shiv Sena has stepped in, saying it would make Centre "realise Shinde's supreme sacrifice and bravery."

"We will discuss the issue with Home Minister P Chidambaram and also raise it in Parliament so that all realise Shinde's supreme sacrifice and bravery," Sena MP Manohar Joshi said after meeting the martyr's family members.

"It is Sena's demand that Ashok Chakra should be conferred on Shinde," the former Lok Sabha Speaker, who met Shinde's widow Manasi and daughter Aditi yesterday at the behest of party executive President Uddhav Thackeray, said.

Shinde had retaliated to the indiscriminate firing by terrorists Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab and Abu Ismail at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

His initiative and the collective reaction of the GRP is believed to have forced the two terrorists to drop their plan of holding hostages, and flee the station.

Upset over reports that Shinde's name may not figure in the list of Ashok Chakra awardees, his family has alleged that politics was involved in exclusion of Shinde's name from the list.

"We want to know why my husband's name has been sidelined. Initially we learnt that four officers would be awarded the Ashok Chakra, and the list included my husband's name," Manasi said.