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Maa Tujhe Salaam! Cop conquers Mount Everest as tribute to deceased mother, unfurls ‘Respect Women’ poster
A native of Sangli district, Gurav had completed his first trek to Everest’s base camp in December 2017.
On May 23 morning, assistant police inspector Sambhaji Gurav, posted with Navi Mumbai police, became the third Maharashtrian police officer to step atop 8,848-metre-high Mount Everest -- the world's highest peak. Upon reaching the Everest peak, he spread out a poster that read – “Respect Women”, and said that his achievement is a tribute to his mother who died of a brain stroke in 2018.
A native of Sangli district, Gurav had completed his first trek to Everest’s base camp in December 2017. He, however, had to come back after his mother suffered a brain stroke and was admitted to a hospital. She remained hospitalised for around two months before she left her earthly abode.
“I climbed Mount Everest to pay tribute to my mother, who succumbed to a brain stroke in March 2018… I couldn’t identify the symptoms of my mother illness at an early stage. I could have saved her if I had identified them. On the day she passed away, I made up my mind to treat climb Everest to pay tribute to her,” Gurav told The Times of India.
The assistant inspector, who began the expedition on May 8, reached the summit of Everest at 6:30 am on Sunday (May 23). Before him, only two personnel – DCP Suhail Sharma (anti-terrorism squad) and naik Shaikh Rafique Taher -- of the Maharashtra Police have scaled the world’s tallest peak.
DCP Suhail Sharma has congratulated Gurav on his achievement. Former Navi Mumbai Commissioner of Police, Sanjay Kumar, also congratulated the inspector. Kumar t tweeted: “API Sambhaji Gurav scaled Mt Everest on 23/5 at 0630 hrs. We are proud of him. This is win of his undaunted courage, commitment and dedication. Congratulations to him and his family.”
After the news that Gurav has scaled the Everest came in, Gurav’s wife, their six-year-old daughter, his father and brother rejoiced at their home in Sangli district’s Padvalwadi village. Over the moon at Gurav’s achievement, his wife Sujata said that he had been preparing for the expedition for the last three years.