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Sajjanar, Telangana’s ‘encounter’ pro, hails from Karnataka

His father is a native of the Asuti village of Ron taluka in the Gadag district, but Vishwanath C Sajjanar was born and brought up in Hubballi

Vishwanath C Sajjanar, Cyberabad Police Commissioner, the IPS officer now being showered with a heap of praises from across the country and several other parts of the world, incidentally hails from Hubballi in Karnataka.

It is also not for the first time that the upright IPS officer’s name is heard in such heroic feats. He had even encountered an auto-rickshaw driver, accused of throwing acid on a married woman in Warrangal district. He was then serving as Superintendent of Police (SP) at Warangal.

The country woke up early in the morning on Friday with the breaking news that the culprits behind the rape and torching to death of 26-years-old veterinarian had been shot dead in an encounter in the wee hours.

The instant action of Vishwanath Sajjanar’s team — he was not present on the spot — following an attempt by the culprits to snatch a policeman’s rifle and move to attack the police team with stones, as reported, has drawn huge applause over social networking sites.

The police action has but also raised alarms about the veracity of the police’s claim in some quarters while it has been hailed as “right and proper justice” to the rape and burning to death victim among the general public.

The 1996 batch police officer was allotted Andhra Pradesh cadre. Sajjanar has been serving in the State since then. He continued in Telangana after Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated.

Sajjanar has served as SP of eight districts. His stint in the Anti-Naxal Force brought him laurels as he persuaded the Maoists to surrender and return to the mainstream.

In fact, the father of Vishwanath Sajjanar is a native of the Asuti village of Ron taluka in the Gadag district. However, Vishwanath Sajjanar was born and brought up in Hubballi. He is a B Com graduate from Jagadguru Gangadhar College of Commerce popularly known as JG College of Commerce. He later did his MBA from Karnataka University, Dharwad.

The family of the police officer continues to reside at Kanchgar Galli in Hubballi.

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