MYSORE: At 27, Anitha B Muddannavar had a comfortable job. The MBA graduate
was commercial manager at a private bank that allowed her to operate out of plush chambers. But that was not what she wanted. Aspiring to make it to civil services, she was studying when she bagged a job with the Karnataka Police. On Thursday as she passed out with 12 other DySP probationers from the premier Karnataka Police Academy(KPA), the 28-year-old's passion for adventurous life was revealed. The sportsperson, Anitha has stood first in both rifle and revolver shootings during the 52-week training, first by woman trainee in recent years. Herein hangs a tale: Since her college days, Anitha has had a flair for an adventurous lifestyle and has represented Karnataka in Republic Day parade. She has won accolades for her shooting skills during her NCC days, a gift that fetched her top honours at the passing out parade. Daughter of Bheemappa and Kumkuma Devi from Dharwad district, Anitha quit her lucrative job to join as DySP with the Karnataka police. She wanted to be a civil servant but her passion was always adventure, Bheepamma, a retired executive engineer, explained without being surprised at her daughter's achievement. Anitha's parents and her close relatives were there to witness the event as home minister V S Acharya presented her with the trophies. Anitha's colleague S L Channabasavanna too has a story. He was serving as commercial tax officer, a job that is not as demanding as the cop. Still, he put in his papers and joined the police as DySP. Interestingly, of the 13 gazette probationers, four are engineers, two have post graduation to their credit and another is a veterinary science graduate. Of the 13, two are excise DySPs including Moses Samuel, who is an engineer. After they took the oath of policing, DGP Ajai Kumar Singh told them to understand it and follow it. "Always be people-oriented'', he told them. Acharya asked them to maintain dignity and gave them a pep talk in policing. "Terrorism is a major challenge now and you are the one who will be leading from the front in the fight against it'', he said. Communalism, attacks on socially and physically weak communities are the other challenges that the minister referred to when he asked them to follow the law. ADGP (recruitment and training) S T Ramesh, KPA director Ashit Mohan Prasad and deputy director Rajendra Prasad spoke.
Karnataka Police Academy