ATS posting for 26/11 cop after outcry

Home minister Patil acts after legislators complain bandobast duty outside Mantralaya wasn’t fair on constable who played a role in Ajmal Kasab’s arrest.

mumbai Updated: Jul 18, 2012 00:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

A police constable who was lauded for his efforts during the 26/11 counter-terror operations has been ‘elevated’ to the anti-terrorism squad after legislators objected to his posting on bandobast duty outside the Mantralaya.

Constable Arun Jadhav had accompanied police officers Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamte on the fateful night. For his efforts, Jadhav was awarded the President’s award.

On Tuesday, NCP legislator Kiran Pawaskar objected to the fact that the constable, who helped track down two terrorists, had been transferred to the local arms division and had been posted outside the secretariat. “I feel sorry that a recipient of the President’s award is forced to stand near Mantralaya saluting everyone. This expertise should be used in some other place,” said Pawaskar, whose comments were backed by other legislators.

Home minister RR Patil acceded to the legislators’ demands, saying he too held Jadhav in high esteem. “I will talk to [Jadhav] and offer him any posting he wants,” Patil. Later in the day, Jadhav was transferred to the ATS.

On the night of November 26, 2011, the police van carrying Jadhav and his three senior officers was ambushed by terrorist Ajmal Kasab and his associate. The three officers died, while Jadhav, who was sitting at the back of the van was injured. The terrorists who took over the vehicle presumed him to be dead and drove towards Mantralaya. At Nariman Point, the terrorists abandoned the vehicle, giving Jadhav the chance to alert the control room about the location of the terrorists. On the basis of this information, Kasab and his associate were intercepted at Marine Drive.

First Published: Jul 18, 2012 00:26 IST