Tribune News Service
Amritsar, April 4
When a large number of NGOs and individuals are helping the needy in these testing times, many heart-warming stories of cops are also surfacing, where they are seen serving the poor and destitute.
They are providing food and medicines to the needy by even spending from their own pockets. People may criticise them for not giving them liberty from going on roads. But they are braving rising hot conditions on roads to keep people safe from this deadly virus that has claimed thousands of lives all over the world.
An elderly couple in Thatha village was in utter disbelief, when cops knocked their doors after knowing about their plight. The couple was living with their two grandchildren in a two-room house, where they had kept a couple of buffaloes also, which was their only source of income. “The lockdown dwindled our income while we were short of food after a couple of days of the curfew,” they said. It is now a routine for Constable Jaswinder Singh, a police officer deployed in the village, to visit them and ask for anything they need. The constable provides them with grocery and vegetables.
In the same village, the cops found a lonely elderly lady Dipo. “I was completely moved to see her plight and immediately decided to do something for her,” said Harpal Singh, SHO Lopoke police station. “I make it a point to visit the village on a regular basis to take care of her,” he said.
“These are just two instances from a village. My men are going beyond their call of duty for helping people in need. In Manwala area, a village police officer Sharanjit Singh took an elderly woman to hospital and provided her medicines after spending money from his own pocket,” said Vikram Jeet Duggal, SSP, Amritsar, Rural. Similarly, another cop helped a family whose newly borne child needed immediate care. The cops took them to hospital and ensured his proper treatment.
ASI Jaswant Singh distributes ‘langar’ to the needy on a daily basis since the imposition of curfew restrictions. He spares time from his lunch break for the purpose. He appealed to the people in his village to prepare food which he could distribute among the needy on the road. “Many people came forward and contributed their bit in this effort,” he said. Similarly, inspector Neeraj Kumar, SHO, Rambagh police station, is distributing ration in the areas belonging to economically weaker sections of society. “I urged people in my contacts to arrange grocery for the poor in these testing times,” he said.
These incidents have brought forth the humane face of cops who otherwise remain in news for all wrong reasons.
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