Rajiv Trivedi, IPS
IPS from AP pays tributes to martyrs
through 42 Km marathon run
Rajiv Trivedi (49), IPS, senior IGP from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh,
became the senior-most civil service officer to have successfully
completed the famous Standard Chartered Full Marathon Mumbai 2010 on
January 17, 2010 as a tribute to martyrs.
Trivedi ran the distance of 42.195 Kms. in a creditable time of 3
hours and 37 minutes. He stood fourth in the veterans category
missing the third position by a few seconds. This was his first
appearance outside Andhra Pradesh. The story behind his
participation is equally interesting.
Rajiv Trivedi, currently posted as the Additional Director of the AP
Police Academy in the ranks of senior IGP, was the Contingent
Commander of the contingent of Indian police officers which served
in the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the year 1999-2000.
Ashok Kamte, IPS, was an illustrious member of this contingent.
Rajiv Trivedi and Ashok Kamte were posted in the capital Sarajevo.
They became quite close as Kamte was appreciated by the
international community. Ashok Kamte IPS achieved martyrdom in the
terrorist-attacks on 26-11-2008 leaving Rajiv Trivedi and his family
shocked and grieving. Ashok Kamte has several batchmates, friends
and well-wishers in the Police in Andhra Pradesh.
In December 2008, exactly a month after the Mumbai attacks, the
famous Gadge brothers of Mumbai planned a long distance swim from
Dharamtar to the Gateway of India in honor of the martyrs and
victims of the attack. They invited Rajiv Trivedi to join them as he
was known to them. Due to preoccupation Mr. Trivedi could not join
the swim. However, Gadge brothers swum with ACP Balasaheb Gadge in
the Strait of Gibraltar successfully. Tragedy struck the swim in the
darkness of the night when Vinod Gadge got entangled in a fishing
net in the sea and could not be noticed. It was too late by the time
he could be recovered. Vinod Gadge was a young swimmer working as a
Sales Tax Officer in Mumbai. His demise came as a second blow to
Rajiv Trivedi in a short span of time.
In August 2009, V.Rajesh of GMR, entered the name of Rajiv Trivedi
for the Mumbai Marathon 2010 without his knowledge. Subsequently,
hectic official activities in the AP Police Academy and the recent
agitations in Andhra Pradesh jeopardized the participation of Rajiv
Trivedi though he had decided to dedicate his run to his two
departed friends and the other martyrs. But, RR Girish Kumar, IPS,
DGP of AP, Dr. CN Gopinatha Reddy, IPS, Director of the AP Police
Academy and Trivediís wife Smt. Udaya Trivedi encouraged him to
prepare in the short time available to go to Mumbai and pay the
tributes of AP Police and AP Police Academy to the martyrs.
At 49 years, the busy IGP maintains a BMI of 22 and a resting heart
rate of 50 and encourages all his trainees, friends and other police
officers and men to keep healthy and fit. His wife and sons are good
swimmers and athletes.
Speaking to the media at the end of his 42.195 kms run Trivedi
stated that the martyrs will never be forgotten and they shall
continue to cheer and bless us and our country. He wished that they
rest in peace. He said that India is a big and powerful country and
no enemy can do any damage to us if we stay alert and united. He
thanked the Mumbai Police, the organizers, ACP Balasaheb Gadge and
API Tanvir Sheikh for facilitating his run.
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