AMRAVATI: It wasn’t easy for Dhananjay and Rajani Guladekar to accept the fact that their only son was no longer alive. Like any other parents, they also harboured a dream that their only son Upendra will lead a successful life. But destiny played a cruel joke and broke their dream.
Police sub-inspector Upendra Guladekar, a bachelor, posted at Gyarpatti police assistance centre, in Gadchiroli district was among the cops killed in Naxal ambush in Markegaon jungle of Dhanora tehsil on Sunday. Upendra was heading a team of 14 cops on an investigation mission when Naxals ambushed the party.
Upendra’s father is a manager with Union Bank of India in Warud and his mother Rajani is a home-maker. The Guladekars have two daughters Deepti, undergoing airhostess training in Nagpur, and Sakshi. A pall of gloom descended on the family as the news of Upendra’s death reached Amravati. Many of Upendra’s friends started gathering at their residence.
Upendra always wanted to join the police force. Perhaps that’s why despite being very good in academics, he preferred to build a career in police. He did his schooling from Dnyanmata English High school and completed engineering from MIT, Pune. After that he did MBA from Symbiosis Institute, Pune.
“He had taken up a job in a private company but he didn’t get any job-satisfaction from it. Hence, he prepared for MPSC and got selected as PSI (in Gadchiroli) in 2006,” said Milind Borode, a close friend of Upendra, in a choked voice.
“Simplicity was the hallmark of Upendra. Yet, he was brilliant and well-natured. But what made him stand out was his helping nature. He was always there to help you, if he could,” Milind said.
“After his posting in Gadchiroli, we often used to talk over mobile. Invariably he would talk about the tragic and pathetic situation prevailing in Gadchiroli. Recently (on January 13) Upendra had come to Amravati. I had met him at that time. I never thought it would be our last meeting,” he said.
Upendra’s body was brought to Amravati at around 11 pm on Monday. The last rites were slated to be held later in the night.