Hyderabad: Two officers of the Railway protection force of south-central railway have been awarded the prestigious Indian Police Medal on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day. The awardees are Shaik Karimulla, the assistant security commissioner of Hyderabad division, and K. Venkateshwarulu, an inspector of the RPF’s cyber Cell.

Shaik Karimulla has busted several notorious property criminals resulting in the recovery of materials worth lakhs of rupees. He was also deputed as the assistant director at the wildlife crime control bureau, New Delhi.

Meanwhile, Venkateswarlu has worked in various wings of the RPF and was deputed to the SCR’s Central Bureau of Investigation and Vigilance branch. He was in charge of the Nalgonda RPF post when the Repalle passenger train accident took place. Several train coaches were washed away due to sudden heavy rain in the Valigonda section. The RPF officer risked his life and saved seven persons, including a pregnant woman.

As chief vigilance inspector of the SCR, he has investigated major material frauds cases worth crores of rupees. He analysed IRCTC data and seized e-records which resulted in the detection of 74 cases, the arrest of offenders involved in unauthorised e-ticket racket, and the seizure of tickets worth about Rs. 1 crore.

Gajanan Mallaya, the general manager of SCR, was happy that the RPF officer’s services had been recognised and commended. He said, “It’s because of these officers and their performances that the RPF will continue to excel in its primary duty of providing security to rail users.”

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