February 23, 2018, 57-year-old Uttar Pradesh cop Bhupendra Tomar faced with one of the most difficult choices his job could offer.
In the morning, around 9 am, his team reached Badagaon from Saharanpur on patrolling duty in their Uttar Pradesh 100 Quick Response vehicle.
The emergency number rang. A dying man lay on the road. He had been stabbed multiple times, the caller said.
Head constable Bhupendra and his team were rushing to the spot in the vehicle when the phone rang yet again. It wasn’t the quick response line this time.
It was his personal number instead.
This call from home left him rooted to the spot as his world fell apart like a pack of cards. His 27-year-old daughter, Jyoti, had collapsed and died suddenly.
In shock, he gathered himself because he was on duty. He let his fatherly emotions take a backseat and decided to continue his duty.
His colleagues repeatedly told him to head home. But they were halfway to help a dying man, he told them, so they couldn’t turn back for him.
He held his tears back, reached the critically injured man, admitted him to a multi-speciality hospital and only then left for home, reported the Times of India.
Thanks to Bhupendra, the victim, a veterinarian, was saved. He thanked Bhupendra for saving his life.
His daughter, Jyoti who worked as a nurse at a primary health centre in Buxar locality of Meerut, had suddenly collapsed in the washroom and died on the spot. She had only been married for a year now.
“I got a call saying Jyoti had died. But we were already on our way to the site of the attack at Sirsiri village on Rampur Maniharan-Badagaon road. I knew I had to save the injured man,” he told the publication.
The UP cop was lauded for his response to a critical situation by many senior police officers across the state. Apart from the Director general of police, OP Singh, calling Bhupendra and extending all possible help to the grieving family, the cop was also felicitated by Saharanpur deputy inspector general of police (DIG), Sharad Sachan, and senior superintendent of police (SSP), Saharanpur, Babloo Kumar.
He will be formally felicitated for going beyond his call of duty by his senior officials in Lucknow on Friday.
“I am overwhelmed by the way in which the police department has stood by us through thick and thin. All my seniors have been extremely helpful to us,” the cop told TOI.