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Jamshedpur City SP K Vijay Shankar to get Gallantry Award

Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, Aug 14: Superintendent of Police (SP), City, K Vijay Shankar, will be honoured with Gallantry Award by the Union Home Ministry.

Sources said the Ministry has announced the names of 14 police officers for the Award. Shankar had shot down the Area Commander of the banned ultra-Leftist outfit Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad, Mahesh Bhuiyan, in an encounter in Palamau. Bhuiyan was a resident of Raksi village in Garhwa. The police encounter occurred in Chorhat village of Ramgarh. Police team was led by Shankar.

Remembering that day, Shankar says, “I have not been able to forget that incident of 25th February 2021. I had come home for lunch. Just then, I received information about the ultras and I reached Chorhat forest with my four bodyguards. On the way, I took along the local SHO and three other cops. Bhuiyan was earlier in CPM and later he became the Area Commander. He was a terror in Garhwa and Palamau. He was routinely involved in demanding extortion, assaulting people and shooting anyone. While entering Chorhat forest, one of his aides saw police and opened firing. Police had fired in retaliation. Firing continued for long. Later, during search operation, we found that Umesh was killed in the encounter.”

Six police officers will get the Award posthumously. Other cops include Inspector Laleshwar Mahato, SI Sushil Tudu, SI Prabhat Ranjan Rai, SI Fagua Horo, SI Rameshwar Bhagat, constable Ranjeet Kumar and Chhote Lal Kumar.

Shankar is a native of Andhra Pradesh. His father V Kamraj was also an IPS officer. Earlier, Shankar was Assistant Commandant in Border Security Force (BSF). He later prepared for UPSC and became an IPS officer.

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