PUNE: ‘Humble’ and ‘ideal’ is how police officials who worked with renowned cartoonist Mangesh Tendulkar describe him. Tendulkar, who passed away at a private hospital in Pune on Monday, was known for working continuously for generating traffic awareness among the public.
Former Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Vishwas Pandhare, who worked with Tendulkar in 2014, said, “Tendulkar worked continuously for instilling traffic sense in society. We would request him to attend our traffic awareness events and he would be ready round-the-clock. Once, we called Tendulkar for an event and he greeted traffic offenders with folded hands and requested them to follow traffic rules.”
Another former DCP, Manoj Patil, who is currently in Thane, said, “Once, a traffic policeman was penalising Mangesh Tendulkar for parking his car in a no-parking zone. At the same time, another traffic police official saw that it was Mangesh Tendulkar in the car and told the official to forego the fine. However, Tendulkar insisted on paying the fine as he had violated a rule. The matter then came to me and we had to collect the fine from him, such was the nobility of the man. Youths should certainly take inspiration from Tendulkar.”
Commandant of State Reserve Police Force Sarang Awad, who worked with Mangesh Tendulkar while he was serving as DCP (Traffic) in the city, said the sketches made by the renowned cartoonist are still helping change opinions of youths regarding traffic issues.