Slain DySP left two govt jobs to join police force

Slain DySP left two govt jobs to join police force
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So great was his passion for police force that Deputy Superintendent of Police Aman Thakur, who was killed in an encounter in Kulgam on Sunday, had given up two government jobs to don the uniform

Srinagar: So great was his passion for police force that Deputy Superintendent of Police Aman Thakur, who was killed in an encounter in Kulgam on Sunday, had given up two government jobs to don the uniform.

Thakur, who is in his late 30s, first got a job in the Social Welfare Department and was later appointed as lecturer at a government college in view of him having master's degree in Zoology.

He always wanted to be in the police force, and he had a passion for wearing the uniform, one of his close friends in the police said.

A resident of Gogla district in Doda region, Thakur, a 2011-batch Jammu and Kashmir Police Service officer, is survived by aged parents, wife Sarla Devi and six-year-old son Arya.

Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh could not hold back his emotions, while recalling his various meetings with the young police officer. "He was always beaming with enthusiasm and used to lead his team from the front," Singh said.

During his tenure in the militancy-hit Kulgam district of South Kashmir, Thakur has won laurels from many quarters. "He had been heading the counter-terrorism wing of the Jammu and Kashmir Police in district Kulgam for the last one and a half years and had played an instrumental role in killing dreaded terrorists in the area," Singh said.

Paying rich tributes to Thakur for his supreme sacrifice made in the line of duty, he said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this critical juncture." His friends recalled him for his simplicity, plain-speaking and thorough professionalism. "He was known for his determination and valour.

In a short period of time, he had earned love, respect and appreciation of the locals in the area with his helpful nature and professionalism," one of the police officers recalled.

He was awarded DGP medal and commendation recently for his outstanding contribution. He was also awarded Sher-e-Kashmir Medal for Gallantry in recognition of his bravery and courage in anti-militancy operations.

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