Ace archer Jhanu Hansda, who won three gold medals at the World Police and Fire Games in the USA recently, broke down at her felicitation function on Saturday after the Jharkhand Police gave her only a bouquet of flowers and not a promotion as she had expected.
Hansda, a sub-inspector posted with the Jamshedpur railway police, burst into tears before additional director general (ADG) of police Rezi Dungdung and other officials, pleading that her pending promotion be given following her commendable performance at the world event held from June 26 to July 5.
Hansda is also a former world record holder in the women's 70m event (compound bow).
"Despite winning several gold medals at national and international events since my joining in the police department in 2007, I am still working as a sub-inspector, while other officials are getting promotions on time," she lamented, adding that it was unfortunate that “the Jharkhand government hardly recognises athletes' achievements".
The ADG, however, assured Hansda that all her pending promotions would be given to her this year.
Later, Dungdung felicitated Hansda at his official chamber.
Director general of police (DGP) Jharkhand DK Pandey also spoke to Hansda over phone and assured her of promotions soon.
Who is Jhanu Hansda?
In 2005, Hansda set a new World record in the women's 70m event (compound bow) logging 352 points at the National Ranking Archery Circuit Tournament in Delhi. In 2006, she created a new compound world record by shooting 1,405 points in Jamshedpur,
In 2007, Hansda bagged a bronze medal in individual and a silver medal in a team event in compound round in Asian archery championship in China.
In 2015, she won three gold medals at the World Police and Fire Games, Virginia, USA.