Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Doctor-turned IPS Abhishek Pallava breaks down while narrating Aranpur Naxal attack; video goes viral

Abhishek Pallava, superintendent of police of Dantewada district, on Tuesday, broke down during a television interview as he was narrating the incident of two of his fellow policemen getting killed while trying to save media persons near Aranpur, located in south of Chhattisgarh. One Doordarshan cameraperson, Achyutanand Sahu, and two cops — sub inspector Rudra Pratap Singh and assistant constable Mangalu— were killed in that Naxal attack. Pallava broke down as he was telling…
the news agency, ANI, that the Naxals took away the camera of one of the media persons and dragged other two. “My constable fought the Naxals, else 2 more media persons could’ve been harmed…” he said, adding that his men chased the Naxals, forcing 300 of their Maoist cadres flee. The police was able to recover the weapons of the cops killed. Usually, the Naxals target policemen and then take away their guns, bullet-proof jackets and other equipment. 
Pallava also said how media persons were coming to remote villages during the last fortnight to report problems of the locals, ahead of polls. “Agitated by this, Naxals attacked them,” he added. 
The video where Pallava became emotional has become viral online and also in social media platforms. 
Pallava, 36, had earlier served as SP in Kondagaon district. Earlier, he had served as additional SP in Dantewada. 
A 2013 batch IPS officer, Pallava did his masters in psychiatry from All India Institute of Medical Sciences before getting into the service. He did his MBBS from Goa Medical College. Before beginning the career as an IPS, he had stints in five hospitals including in GB Pant Hospital where he had served as a senior psychiatrist.

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