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Friday, June 4, 2010

Edition 20:Rambhau Thorat

Rising From Ground To Sky
City Blog Desk
When Sahitya Kalayatri, a cultural organisation felicitated Assistant commissioner of
police Rambhau Thorat on Monday, it was a true appreciation of an officer in the khaki uniform. For Thorat is one of those few people in the police department who have worked their way up from adversities. In a true sense, he can be an example of achieving success for today's youth.

Thorat joined the police department as a constable, which entails one to work on the ground. Now he is serving as ACP. He was felicitated on Monday at the hands of former minister of state for home and socialist leader Bhai Vaidya for his contribution to society.

Originally coming from a rural family in Solapur district, Thorat is serving in the department for last 39 years. According to Thorat, "It was the inspiration given by my father Dattatray that led me to the police force. He was instrumental for me in making police department as a career option. " He says his parents took pains to educate him which later infused sense of character in him.

He completed his matriculation at Porafale village in the Barshi taluka. Then came the moment to join the department. He headed for Pune to appear in the police recruitment test. After completing the test successfully, Rambhau Thorat served his first day as a constable at the police control room at Khadki on June 28, 1971. Incidentally, he was the last selected candidate for the post of constable as there were around 7,000 aspirants trying for 400 posts.

While working as a constable, Throat got a chance to work with former director general of police (DGP) S S Virk and present DGP AN Roy, who was then deputy commissioner of police in Pune. After almost nine years, he appeared in the direct police officer recruitment examination, passed it and got a posting as Police Sub Inspector at Nashik in 1980.

He received a promotion in 1999 as police inspector and was posted at Thane. Thorat will be retiring next month. He said, "I am happy that I started my career on June 28, 1971 at Khadki police station and would be ending it at the same place. But my life would not have been complete without the support of my wife Sanjeevani. Whatever situation I am in, she stands behind me like a rock in every situation in my life."

While replying to his felicitation, Thorat said what could be interpreted as the true message. He said, “The duty carried out by police is a social work itself. It is the duty of the police to bring together the society. Keeping this in mind, I tried to bridge the divide between various people. Liquor trade was closed. In Pandhare village in Baramati division, the annual festival of the village was stopped since the British era because of the petty differences of opinion in the villagers. I could talk the way out with them and the festival was again started.” Well said Thorat Sir!
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Rambhau Thorat, Assistant commissioner of police was felicitated for his social work at the hands of veteran Socialist leader Bahi Vaidya on Monday.

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