Constable Rafiq Shaikh from Maharashtra became the first policeman from the state to climb Mount Everest.
Though he tried twice earlier, he couldn’t succeed. However, he changed that this time.
Coming from a modest, middle class family, Shaikh had a hard time arranging funds for his 70 days Mt. Everest & Lhotse Expedition.
But, he managed Rs 20 lakhs for the expedition and with guidance from experienced mountaineers Suresh Shelke, Rishikesh Yadav, he began his journey.
His real test came at later stages when he had to bear wind chill, steep ice walls, deficient oxygen, and temperature below -35 degree. But, he braved them all and reached the summit.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadanvis congratulated Shaikh on his achievement.
Such a proud moment!
Our Aurangabad Police Constable becomes the 1st policeman from Maharashtra to scale Mt Everest! pic.twitter.com/e5CXbVLPTc
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) May 19, 2016
We congratulate Shaikh and are proud of him.