Hyderabad: Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Madhukar Shetty succumbed to swine flu and breathed his last on Friday. 47-year-old Shetty who was being treated for H1N1 virus at the Continental Hospital passed away due to a severe infection of the lungs and kidney.

Shetty died around 8.15 PM last evening, December 28. Son of prominent journalist Vaddarse Raghurama Shetty, Shetty, a 1999 batch IPS officer of the Karnataka cadre, was from Udupi district. He’s survived by his wife and daughter.

Shetty was deeply revered and served as the Deputy Director of Sardar Vallabhbai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad. He is remembered for taking ruthless action against corrupt officials, government employees and even the top-most politicians in power.

Madhukar is also remembered for the work he did as the Superintendent of Police of Chikkamagaluru district, along with another senior IAS officer, Harsh Gupta. The duo was famous for clearing a series of illegal land encroachments in the area and for delivering justice to the underprivileged. The impact they made was such that later on, the people renamed their village as‘GuptaShetty’ Halli (village).

He also served as the SP in the special task force during the last phase of anti-Veerappan operations, Anti-Naxal Force and Karnataka Lokayukta and DCP (traffic), Bengaluru. He worked with the War Crimes Investigation Unit in UN Mission, Kosovo.

Shetty did MA in sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and completed his PhD in public administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany in the US.

The IPS officer’s treatment was closely monitored by senior officials like the Chief Secretary of Telangana, Shailendra Kumar and the Inspector General of Police. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had also personally come to his aid and deputed Additional Director General of Police of Criminal Investigation Department, Pratap Reddy, to oversee Shetty’s medical care.