On Sunday, a picture of four plainclothes women pointing guns at a gangster who was on Gujarat police’s ‘Wanted’ list, Jusab Allahrakha Sandh, went viral on social media. Santok Odedara (30), Nitmika Gohil (34), Shakuntala Mal (29) and Aruna Gameti (40) were among the team of five sub inspectors, the fifth being Jignesh Agrawat, who nabbed Jusab. They are among the first batch of women to be trained in anti-terror operations and posted in the Anti-Terrorism Squad.
“The idea was to send a message to the local cops that Jusab is a nobody. Isko toh female officers ne hi pakad liya (This man was caught by women officers),” Odedara said, speaking to The Indian Express. “The gangster had been on the run for the past two years and had created a cloud of fear around him. He had skipped parole and was accused of a murder in Rajkot in 2017. Well-versed with jungle routes, he used to terrorise and subdue the locals.”
"We are a small unit of 50 officers and almost all of them take part in whatever operations we conduct. When the tip was received, it was just coincidental that out of the five-member team, four were female. Both men and women officers receive equal training in our unit and are prepared for any assignment,” said Shukla.
Read more of this story in a report by Vaibhav Jha published in The Indian Express..,.