Sultanpur, a village in Maharashtra with a population of around 1,000 and 600 homes, will henceforth be known as ‘Rahul Nagar’ as local residents changed its name in memory of its native, who gave his life fighting terrorists during the 26/11 Bombay terrorist attacks in 2008.
Rahul Shinde, a State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) officer was killed in the terrorist attacks 14 years ago. Mr Shinde, who hails from Sultanpur in Madha tehsil of Solapur district, was among the first police officers to enter the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in south Mumbai after reports of terrorist shootings. Mr. Shinde was shot in the stomach by terrorists, in which he died.
While the government honored him by bestowing him with the Presidential Police Medal posthumously for his supreme sacrifice, the people of Sultanpur decided to rename their village after him as he was born and raised there. However, the official name change ceremony has yet to take place.
“All the government formalities to rename the village are done. We are now awaiting the official name change ceremony,” Subhash Vishnu Shinde, father of the late Rahul Shinde, told PTI on the eve of the 14 anniversary of the 11/26 attacks.
“We are awaiting confirmation of dates for dignitaries and guests and it will be finalized soon,” he said, adding Co-Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Vishwas Nangre Patil, who was then Deputy Commissioner of Police. (area-I). ) in Mumbai, helped him in the process.
“I had been following up with the government on this for 10 years. Finally it’s done. I’m satisfied now and I don’t want anything more. I am honored that the village is now named after my son,” he said.
Speaking of his martyred son, Shinde said he showed courage in the fight against terrorists and made the ultimate sacrifice for the country.
“I’m proud of my son,” he said.
Subhash Shinde, has two other children – a son and a daughter. He now lives with his youngest son, who got married a few years ago.
“Rahul’s mother is still traumatised. She has not yet been able to accept the situation…She is still unable to digest the fact that Rahul is no more,” he said.
“After Rahul disappeared, the government provided us with financial assistance according to the rules. We also have an apartment in Mumbai and a gas agency in taluka place which helps the family to earn a living,” he said.
The Shinde family is also involved in agriculture.
“This year we harvested sugar cane on our farm,” he said.
Mr Shinde also erected a Rahul memorial in the village in 2010.
Aid of Rs 10 lakh, which the family received from the civic body of Mumbai, was used to install the memorial, he said.
“The memorial is meant to inspire the younger generation. Young people must feel that when necessary, they must be ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for the country,” he said.
“I did all of this keeping my personal grief aside to keep his memories alive,” Mr Shinde said, adding that he was just waiting for the official name change ceremony.
On November 26, 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan arrived by sea and opened fire, killing 166 people, including 18 security personnel, and wounding several others during the 60-hour siege on Mumbai. .
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Oberoi Trident, Taj Mahal Hotel, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital and Nariman House Jewish Community Center, now renamed Nariman Light House, were among the locations targeted by the terrorists.
Nine terrorists were then killed by the security forces, including the NSG, the country’s elite commando. Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist captured alive. He was hanged four years later on November 21, 2012.
(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
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