14 cops from city nominated for Presidentís medal

As many as 14 officers from different police establishments in Pune have been nominated for the President's Police Medal in recognition of their meritorious service.

The winners D Kanakratnam from Andhra Pradesh, an IPS officer from 1987 batch, has handled important positions in Maharashtra police. He was also part of counter insurgency operations.

Jayant Naiknavare joined the police force in 1992. He participated in a training programme conducted by United Nations in Sweden in 2003 and Spain in 2006. He also worked in Bosnia on UN peace mission.

Kishor Joshi joined the force as a sub-inspector in 1983. He joined motor transport department as superintendent in 2012.

Eshwar Kamble, an engineer, left his job to join police force in 1991. He displayed exceptional skills while handling the wireless controls during 26/11 attacks and July 2006 train blasts in Mumbai.

Prakash Gharge joined police force in 1981and is currently with Pune police as ACP in Khadki division. While working at Santacruz police station in Mumbai, Gharge had actively participated in "Baroda Operation" in Gujarat against terrorists Baldeosingh Jiggersingh and Ravindrasingh .

Kalidas Suryawanshi joined police force in 1983 as a sub-inspector. After handling important posts in the police department, he is currently attached to the state CID as an additional superintendent of police.

Ashok Kumar Rai, a law graduate, joined railway protection force in 1989 as an inspector. He served in various capacities in Indian Railways.

Senior police inspector Mahendra Rokde of Railway police has been in the service for the past 28 years. He has cracked various crimes including smuggling of various items like narcotics and animals through trains.

Senior inspector Ram Pathare of Swargate police station joined police force in 1985. He worked with different state police establishments and was instrumental in crackdown on dacoity gangs in Pune rural.

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