Municipal school teacher Nitin Yadav will be felicitated by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) with a special award for his sketches that helped the Mumbai police nab,within three days,the five suspects allegedly involved in the gang-rape of a photojournalist at Shakti Mills on August 22.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Mohan Adtani,along with Mayor Sunil Prabhu and education committee chairman Manoj Kotak,announced the special category prize Monday. The awardee will receive a cheque of Rs 10,000,a trophy,certificate,shawl and a coconut.
Yadav,48,has been a drawing teacher with BMCs Chembur Education Societys Primary School for the past 28 years. For 25 of these years,he has helped the police prepare sketches of suspects based on accounts of eyewitness or victims of any crime,for free. In the last four months alone,his sketches have helped the police crack 12 cases.
A graduate from JJ School of Arts,he will be bestowed with the award for special social work on Teachers Day,September 5.
We are creating this separate award category for teachers who are making great contributions in the social sphere and helping in issues that have a huge impact in our city. The BMC is proud to confer this honour first on Yadav whose sketches have helped the Mumbai police nab the gang-rape suspects in a short span of time, Prabhu said.
Yadav said,It is a great feeling when an organisation you work for recognises your efforts. It gives me a sense of pride to help the police. When I draw,I try to make victims speak. I try to understand their psychology first. I have become so used to it over the years that some sketches can be drawn within half-an-hour.
It is important to know the right description for drawing sketches of suspects. In the Mahalaxmi gang-rape case,the sketches were drawn based on the description the victims male friend gave, he said.
Yadav said the Pune police had also approached him last week for help in searching for the suspects in the murder of anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar. I got a message today (Monday) that they have now managed to find an artist locally in Pune itself. If need be,I will help them too, Yadav said.