Malegaon: Sunil Kadasne, the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Malegaon, has been conferred this year’s Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award along with 19 other officials in the state administrative and police departments shortlisted by the Maharashtra State Minorities Commission.
Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao handed over the award to Sunil Kadasne in a glittering ceremony held at Sahyadri Guest House near Chief Minister’s bungalow in Mumbai on Monday evening.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, State Minorities Commission Chairman Mohammad Hussain Khan besides other dignitaries and guests graced the occasion.
Also selected for the awards were Sanjay Patil and Veerais Prabhu. Their profiles for the award selection highlight their service record in Malegaon as ASP and DYSP respectively. While Patil is currently posted as DCP in Pune, Prabhu is SP Sholapur.
The award is conferred every year to recognize the services of the officials in the state administrative and police departments, and eminent citizens for maintaining peace and harmony in the society.
Kadasne is widely applauded for his tenure as Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) in Malegaon especially his handling of the situation during Eid al-Adha following the ban on cow slaughter in the city having a sizeable Muslim population.
Immediately after the BJP led government implemented the Maharashtra State Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill (1995) law in Maharashtra, Sunil Kadasne organised a series of meeting with Muslim community leaders and others concerned so that the city remains peaceful.
In a novel idea in the state, Kadasne conducted the "head count" of listed animals in the city and also issued "identity cards" to animal and their owners.
Becuase of his speeches which are embedded with references from the Holy Quran, Sunil Kadasane is the most preferred guest at any college and school functions, and other cultural events held in Malegaon.
It is hence that congratulatory messages are published in local newspapers and are sent via SMSes and through social networking sites Facebook and twitter, and using WhatsApp ever since the name of Sunil Kadasne figured in the list of the 2015 Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award nominees.
Interestingly, Kadasne was transferred from Malegaon after the BJP alliance government came into power in the state in October 2014. He however got extension after a large number of people wrote to the government with requests to revoke his transfer order.