Woman cop to take part in Raid

India on 25 September 2013
Location : Shimla, India | Source : Times of India. Image Source: Flying Cloud

SHIMLA: Richa Sharma, 25, a constable with Himachal Police, is the first woman cop of the country to be part of world's highest motorsport event, Raid De Himalaya, which will run from October 4 to 12. 

Richa is a skilled driver and has been appreciated by Himachal Police for her professional excellence. Richa was nominated by Himachal Police to be part of 15th Raid De Himalaya. She will participate in the event with Munish Mehta, a fellow constable. 

Richa had joined Himachal Police in 2008. Currently posted at police headquarters in Shimla, Richa along with Munish, would participate in Raid Adventure category, which follows the time-speed-distance format. 

"I am very excited about going for the Raid. This is the first time that a team from Himachal Police is going for the Raid De Himalaya. I am very happy that department gave me this opportunity," she said. 

The only woman competing in Raid Xtreme is Shuchi Thakur of Dharamshala. There are a total of about 35 teams in Raid Xtreme. Each team comprises a driver and a navigator. Shuchi is the longest-running woman rallyist of the country. This is her ninth Raid. Shuchi is currently working and living in Mumbai. 

Another woman competitor from the region at Raid De Himalaya is Vaneeta Kang of Chandigarh. Vaneeta says motorsport has always fascinated her. "I have done the Leh-Ladakh trail on my personal holidays. For years, I wanted to compete at the Raid, and it is now a dream come true for me," she said. Her navigator is Cheshta Sood from Delhi.

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