Maha Guv honours cops with medals for fighting 26/11 attacks

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 21:35

Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor Kateekal
Sankaranarayanan on Tuesday honoured 68 policemen, many of whom
fought during 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, with medals
for displaying bravery during the crisis.

Of the 33 policemen who fought terrorists during
the 60-hour siege, 12 were given President`s Police Medals
while the rest were given Police Gallantary awards.

Seven policemen who lost their lives in the attacks
were honoured posthumously with President`s Police medals. The
seven policemen`s names are: PSI Prakash Pandurang More, PSI
Bapurao Durgude, PSI Balwant Bhosale and constables - Vijay
Khandekar, Jaywant Patil, Yogesh Patil and Rahul Shinde.

Additional Commissioner Sadanand Date who sustained
injuries during the terror attack at Cama Hospital was also
honoured with President`s Police Medal.

A total of 12 President`s Police Medals, 23 Police
Gallantary Medals and 33 Police Medals for meritorious service
were presented at an investiture ceremony by the Governor K
Sankaranarayanan at Raj Bhavan.

Talking to reporters after the function, 59-year-old
Shivaji Patil, a retired assistant sub-inspector and father of
constable Yogesh Patil who was conferred the President`s
Police Medal, expressed displeasure at the honour conferred on
his late son.

He said Yogesh was part of the team led by Hemant
Karkare, Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamte and laid down his life
along with his three superiors fighting the terrorists.

"Then why did the government not confer Ashok Chakra
on my son which was given to the three senior cops," he
questioned.

"I was thinking not to attend the ceremony today. At
the last moment I changed my mind and attended the function,"
he said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 21:35

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