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Deepika honoured at police meet

- DGP asks JAP jawans to hone sporting skills and win promotions

DGP G.S. Rath felicitated ace archer Deepika Kumari at the inaugural function of the eighth state-level police sports meet on Jharkhand Armed Police campus in Doranda, Ranchi, on Tuesday.

The Golden Girl of Jharkhand received a shawl and a bouquet in the presence of the police top brass and hundreds of sportspersons from the department who had turned up from different parts of the state to participate in the five-day event.

Though many a fan would have wanted Deepika to say a few words on the occasion, she was not officially invited to speak and remained seated with her father Shiv Narayan and mother Geeta Devi. After she was felicitated, she was taken away for refreshments.

Addressing police athletes, Rath promised out-of-turn promotions to those who performed well at national and international meets recognised by the Indian Olympic Association.

“Policemen giving outstanding performance in sports are being given out-of-turn promotion. This practice will continue. So, pay attention and keep playing,” he said.

Additional director-general of JAP K.S. Meena recalled the performances from the past and exhorted policemen to “keep the tradition alive”.

“Before Jharkhand was born, inspector Budhwa Oraon had won medals in an 800m run, inspector Chandra Nath Bhagat won medals in cross-country races at national and international meets, inspector Keshwar Sahu won an international triple jump and ASI Rajeshawar Prasad won an international marathon. After creation of Jharkhand, the tradition continued. Inspector Aruna Mishra and ASI Taruna Mishra gave outstanding performances in boxing, sub-inspector Jhanu Hansda became an ace archer and ASI Ameltina Ekka and havildars Jang Bahadur Gurung and Sunil Bahadur hogged the national javelin, boxing and lawn bowling limelight, respectively. You should follow in their footsteps,” he said.

The athletes also participated in a march past and took oath of keeping the sportsman spirit alive.


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