Call it an apt Independence Day gift.
Eight policemen from Jharkhand have bagged the prestigious President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and Police Medal for Meritorious Service on the eve of August 15. Eight CRPF personnel, who have served or are serving in Jharkhand, have also made it to the Police Medal for Meritorious Service list.
Of the two President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service awardees, one is Vipul Shukla, former superintendent of police of Ranchi (city).
Shukla, who is now serving in the same capacity in the vigilance wing of state police, had received the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2007 and the chief minister’s medal for meritorious services last year.
The second recipient is Ashok Kumar Roy, commandant of Battalion 3 of Jharkhand Armed Police, which is stationed in Dhanbad.
The Police Medal for Meritorious Services list includes the name of North Chotanagpur DIG Suman Gupta.
Gupta, while speaking to The Telegraph over phone from Hazaribagh, said she felt proud. “This is really encouraging and I would give the credit for this achievement to my family,” said the “tough police officer” who had earlier served in Gaya, Hazaipur and Saharsa (in Bihar) besides Dhanbad, Ranchi and Deoghar districts of Jharkhand.
“I am now motivated to work harder and set example for others,” she added.
CRPF sources said at least eight of their personnel have been named for the Police Medal for Meritorious Service. “We cannot disclose their names for security reasons,” CRPF deputy inspector general (administration) Anil Dhondhiyal said.
However, no one from Jharkhand could qualify for the coveted President’s Police Meal for Gallantry and Police Medal for Gallantry awards.