Will consider honouring junior cops died on 26/11: State

The state government on Tuesday said it will consider a suggestion to honour lower-rung policemen who died while fighting terrorists on November 26,2008.

Written by Express News Service | Published: March 28, 2012 2:47:45 am

The state government on Tuesday said it will consider a suggestion to honour lower-rung policemen who died while fighting terrorists on November 26,2008.

In a hearing before the Bombay High Court,Public prosecutor Pandurang Pol told a Bench headed by Justice P B Majmudar that the government would inform the court on its decision on whether to recommend their names for bravery awards.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar who questioned why constables and other junior personnel were not given due recognition.

Tirodkar claimed that 20 policemen had died during the attacks,but the recognition had been given to the trio of Hemant Karkare,Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar.

During the hearing,Tirodkar withdrew a prayer demanding that the Ashok Chakra conferred on the three officers should be revoked. In his petition,Tirodkar names police sub-inspector Shashank Shinde and wireless operator Vijay Khandekar and demands that they be recommended for similar honours.

Responding to the petition,Justice Majmudar noted that such combat operations involve “teamwork involving both senior and junior level personnel.”

The case has been adjourned till April 12.

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