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Bengaluru: Ex-DG upset as government refuses to honour late cop

IPS officer K. Madhukar Shetty
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IPS officer K. Madhukar Shetty

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A row has erupted over Karnataka government reportedly turning down a proposal to rename the Varthuru Kodi circle in Whitefield in the city after late IPS officer K. Madhukar Shetty.

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Bengaluru: A row has erupted over Karnataka government reportedly turning down a proposal to rename the Varthuru Kodi circle in Whitefield in the city after late IPS officer K. Madhukar Shetty.

Expressing deep displeasure over this decision, former Director General and Inspector General of Police, Shankar Bidari, said in an emotional post on Facebook, "I feel very sad today. I am pondering as to what may be the reasons to reject this noble proposal to perpetuate the memory of an honest and principled officer, who worked hard and sincerely throughout his career."

He added that rejection by the State is nothing but an injustice to the memory of an honest officer. Bidiari said that Shetty was snatched away by fate when he was in the prime of his life.

The former DGP observed that Karnataka has had CMs such as Kadidal Manjappa, S. Nijalingappa , B.D. Jatti, S.R. Kanthi, Ramakrishna Hegde, Veerendra Patil and S.R. Bommai, who respected honest officers. "Karnataka also had a Chief Minister like H.D. Devegowda, who approved the proposal within seconds of hearing it to rename a very important circle after a traffic head constable, Timmaih, even before the latter's body was buried. Timmaih had sacrificed his life in diligent performance of his traffic duty," he said.

Bidari said that Shetty was more than a son to him. "Now it is tormenting me that the Karnataka government has rejected a proposal sent by the BBMP to name the Vartur Kodi circle as Shri Madhukar Shetty circle.

The former DG also said that Karnataka is being ruled by a government which includes persons who were dealt by Shetty without fear for serious corruption charges against them.

"He never sought any favour from any politician. He never cultivated the support of his own Bunt community, though he was and will forever remain an officer of whom the Bunt community will always be proud," Bidari said. " I feel very sad today. I am confident that the righteous people will come to power early and will redeem the honour of Madhukar Shetty, a jewel among the officers, and do justice to his vibrant memory and the values he represented," he concluded in his post.

The Bengaluru civic body in July 2019 as a mark of respect to Madhukar, proposed to rename the circle as Madhukar Shetty circle.

The mayor announced this after the then DCP of Whitefield, Abdul Ahad, and other friends requested.

The Town Planning Standing Committee approved the proposal. According to reports, the funds sanctioned for the development of the ward were supposed to be used for installing Shetty's statue. Shetty, a 1999 batch IPS officer, died in 2018 of swine flu.

He is remembered for his role in exposing illegal iron ore mining in Ballari, the backyard of powerful mining baron G. Janardhan Reddy. This case led to incumbent Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa resigning from his post then. Shetty is the son of Kannada journalist Vaddarse Raghurama Shetty. IANS

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