People remember Madhukar Shetty as an honest officer

Last Updated 29 December 2018, 18:55 IST

IPS Officer Madhukar Shetty who passed away in Hyderabad on Friday had served in Chikkamagaluru district as Superintendent of Police and has left his memories in the district through his working style and will be remembered forever by the residents.

He had served in the district from August 24, 2005, to April 28, 2006, and had carved a niche for himself in the district by checking Matka and other illegal activities in the district.

"Shetty ensured that the liquor shops were closed down within the stipulated time. He was a "Khadak officer," said a police constable to DH.

Recalling his interaction with Madhukar Shetty, the constable said, "He was known for simple living and was not using his official vehicle for personal use. He had five to six pairs of dress, one deewan, a bed, and a chair. He had concern for the poor and helped the poor who approached him. He had great love for police personnel and was strict with those who commit any mistake."

When Madhukar Shetty was serving as the SP, it was Harsha Gupta who was serving as the Deputy Commissioner in the district. The duo was known for their work. Due to the efforts of Shetty and Gupta, the encroached land was cleared and was renamed as 'Guptashettyhalli.'

"Madhukar Shetty was an honest and faithful officer. I have not seen an officer like him in my life. It was through his efforts that the evacuees of Saragodu Reserve Forest were given alternative facilities," said CPIML State Secretary B Rudraiah.

"When scheduled caste community members were prevented from entering into Balakikamma temple at Hiregowja village and created a rift among two communities, he sat with us on the floor and discussed with us on the problems faced in the colonies of the poor and sorted out the issue of entering the temple. Till he was in Chikkamagaluru, he ensured that cleanliness drive was carried out every week in the colony," remembered Shivu, a resident of Hiregowja village.

(Published 29 December 2018, 18:14 IST)

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