Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Slain SP had survived two Naxal attacks, won 2 gallantry awards

Joseph John


Facing Naxal attacks was not new to Superintendent of Police Vinod Kumar Choubey. A few years ago, he had been shot at and injured by Maoists in Balrampur in Chhattisgarh’s Sarguja district, bordering Jharkhand. Later, as SP, Kanker, he survived a Naxalite ambush in the state’s tribal Bastar region.

Fearless officer yet very sobre and polite
By: Vaibhav | 14-Jul-2009

It was the greatest ability of V.K.Choubey to be very polite, sobre and easily accessable apart from his great courage in leading the force with valor and fearlessness. He was one officer who commanded respect within the force and also affection among the citizens of which ever district he was ever posted. The result of 100% closure of all works in the state reflects affection he commanded by the masses in Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh as a state shall miss V.K.Choubey for a long time to come and may god bless the holy soul. We need many more V.K.Choubeys in the force.

So when he heard Naxals had killed two policemen in the remote forest area of Madanwada in Rajnandgaon on Sunday morning, the officer reacted as he had always been known to do: personally lead his men into battle. It was to be the last of his many fearless campaigns.

Choubey, SP, Rajnandgaon, twice winner of the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry, perished along with 23 of his men in a massive Maoist attack at village Kerketti, close to Chhattisgarh’s border with Maharashtra.

The 49-year-old IPS officer left behind his wife Ranjana and son Swamil, who is studying to be an engineer.

Choubey, the son of parents who came to settle in Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh from Bihar’s Bhojpur district, taught chemistry at the CMD Girls College in the town before joining the state police service of undivided Madhya Pradesh as a deputy superintendent in 1983. In 1996, he was selected for the Indian Police Service.

Choubey’s father Dwaraka Prasad Choubey was a senior journalist who worked for a Nagpur-based English daily before starting his own newspaper, Bilaspur Times — the first eveninger in Bilaspur division — in 1975.

“During his days as a lecturer, V K Choubey used to spend time at the newspaper office. He was a shy person and we never thought he would join the police. But he turned out to be a very active officer who mostly served in Naxalite areas,” said Bilaspur-based journalist Habib Khan, who used to work with Dwaraka Prasad Choubey.

Chhattisgarh Governor E S L Narasimhan, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar, PWD Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, Leader of Opposition Ravindra Choubey, DGP Vishwaranjan and other senior officers paid homage to the IPS officer and other slain security personnel at a commemoration at the police grounds today. Choubey’s body was later flown to the state capital Raipur, where it was cremated with full state honours.

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