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Rajiv Trivedi, IPS
IPS from AP pays tributes to martyrs through 42 Km marathon run


Hyderabad|India: 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.


Reachout's News Bureau
January' 2010

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