B''lore police commissioner chosen for Prez medal for gallantry

Bangalore, Jan 25 (PTI) Police Commissioner Shankar MahadevBidari, who has been chosen for President''s police medal forgallantry, today said it was a recognition for the SpecialTask Force of Karnataka.

"It is a matter a great satisfaction that I have beenchosen for the gallantry award, along with two othercolleagues of mine. It is recognition for the task force ofKarnataka", Bidari told PTI.

Bidari headed the STF constituted by the Karnatakagovernment to nab the notorious sandalwood poacher-smugglerVeerappan from 1993-96.

He was instrumental in choking the food supplies to theVeerappan gang and also reducing the strength of the gang bycracking down on Veerappan''s sympathisers.

The others who have been chosen for President''s medalfor meritorious and distinguished service from Karnataka are:Inspector General of Police KSRP, Ashit Mohan Prasad andDeputy Commissioner of Police Intelligence, V S D''Souza. PTIBH MSR

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