Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked the Maharashtra government about the measures it has taken to honour officials who fought with militants in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
A division bench of justices P B Majmudar and R D Dhanuka
was hearing a PIL filed by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar,
seeking Ashok Chakra for those officers who fought with the
ultras during the terror strikes.
The petition stated only four police officers - Hemant
Karkare, Ashok Kamte, Vijay Salaskar and Tukaram Ombale - were
conferred upon the Ashok Chakra.
"Several other officers like Sadanand Date, Arun Jadhav
and Vijay Khandekar also showed bravery during the attacks.
They did not lose their lives but had fought with terrorists,"
the petition stated.
The PIL further claimed that Karkare, Kamte and Salaskar
had not even fought with terrorists. "The trio was killed in
an ambush. If they have been awarded Ashok Chakra, then there
are several other policemen who deserve the award more than
them," the petitioner argued.
Observing that brave officials must be rewarded, the
court directed the government to file an affidavit next month.