Remember how men and women in uniform fascinated most of us as kids? Protectors of the general public, law keepers, risk takers, rescuers – the Indian Police shoulder a number of responsibilities. And at most times, it is easier to go by their tough exterior, we often come across moving stories that showcase their humane side.
From the MP Cop who ran 1 km with a 10 kg bomb to save 400 students to the one who carried a pilgrim who was having a heart attack uphill for two kms on his back, this is a small tribute to our very own khaki heroes who go beyond their call of duty for their people.
1. This MP Cop Ran 1 km With a 10 kg Bomb to Save 400 Students!
Head Constable Abhishek Patel from Chitora village in Madhya Pradesh became a national hero after a 12-second video of him sprinting for 1 km with a 10 kg bomb on his shoulder went viral on social media. An anonymous phone call at the Chitora village Police Station mentioned the presence of an explosive in the school premises. Based on the tip-off, the police rushed to the scene. It was at the time that the brave officer decided to risk his life to save the 400 lives on campus.
2. When the Hyderabad Cops Rescued a Kidnapped 4-Month-Old in Less Than 16 Hours!
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21-year-old Humera Begum woke up perturbed at 4 am on Wednesday after she realised that her four-month-old toddler, Faizan, was kidnapped from the footpath the family slept on near Dargah Yousafain in Nampally, Hyderabad. After she rushed to the Nampally Police Station to lodge a complaint, the cops jumped into action. Using only the CCTV footage of the area, the cops cracked the case, arrested the kidnappers and returned the toddler to the mother, all in a record 16 hours! A beautiful picture of the baby smiling in the arms of the cops who rescued him became iconic!
3. Brave Cops Stop Furious Malegaon Mob From Lynching 5 People, Including 2-YO Baby
Amid the increasing WhatsApp rumours on child kidnapping that have caused mob lynchings in several parts of India, the Malegaon police saved the four daily wage labourers and a two-year-old child from being lynched after an angry crowd decided to deliver mob justice on the ‘assumption’ that they were kidnappers.
At one point in the operation, there were only 50 police officials against a mob of 1,500, trying to prevent them from swarming the homes in which the family was kept. Stones were pelted, police vehicles were upturned, and yet the cops stood undeterred in their resolve to restore peace without anybody suffering major injuries in a three-hour long operation.
4. Uttarakhand Cop Carries Heart Attack-Stricken Pilgrim Uphill For 2 Km on Back!
Sub-Inspector Lokendra Bahuguna from the Barkot Police Station in Uttarkashi district, carried a 55-year-old pilgrim, Ranjhi Rajag who suffered from a mild heart attack on his back for two kilometres uphill. Thanks to him, the pilgrim from Madhya Pradesh received timely medical attention after he collapsed in front of a temple, following his arrival at the Yamunotri shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas.
5. Hero Cop Single-Handedly Defends Muslim Man From Angry Mob
Sub-Inspector Gagandeep saved a young Muslim man from a mob in Ramnagar when the young man was allegedly discovered with a Hindu woman in a temple complex. In a viral video, Sub-Inspector Gagandeep is seen confronting a group of angry men all by himself. He is then seen shielding the boy from the angry mob, baying for the boy’s blood. Soon another police officer joins him to keep the mob at bay.
6. Meet the Hyderabad Cop Whose Act of Kindness Won the Internet!
B Gopal is a traffic policeman who has been in service for a decade now. Currently posted at the Kukatpally station, where he has been serving for the last four years. When Gopal found this old woman lying by the road, the temperature in Hyderabad was almost 40*C. With no food and water, the old lady had almost collapsed.
Here’s what Gopal did next, “There was a shop nearby, so I bought Buchamma (the old lady) some tiffin. Poori and masala was what was available at that time. She was so exhausted that even the task of picking up the food and eating was difficult for her. So I fed her.”
7. This UP Cop Didn’t Let His Daughter’s Death Stop Him From Doing His Duty!
At 9 am on February 23, 2018, 57-year-old Uttar Pradesh cop, Bhupendra Tomar, got a phone call. A dying man lay on the road. He had been stabbed multiple times, the caller said. When he was rushing to the spot, another call made its way. 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. And while he was shocked, he decided to let his fatherly emotions take a backseat and do his duty.
Despite his colleagues repeatedly telling him to return home, he held his tears back, reached the critically injured man, admitted him to a multi-speciality hospital and only then left for home to mourn his daughter’s death.
8. Bengaluru Cop Performs Last Rites of Slain 5-Year-Old Sexual Assault Victim
A 5-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted died at St John’s Hospital in Bengaluru in August 2017. After her death, the police shifted her body to get the post-mortem done and then brought it back to the hospital. When a bill of Rs 1.7 lakh was given to the child’s widowed mother, she broke down saying she had no money.
But the hospital was adamant that they wouldn’t release the body until the bill was cleared. It was at this time that Talagattapura Police Inspector, Ramappa Gutther, came to her aid. With his help, a private firm agreed to pay the bill, helping the mother release the girl’s body.
When the mother found it difficult to take her daughter’s body to the crematorium, Ramappa, along with other staff members transported the body from the hospital to Banashankari crematorium in a hearse van – all of which they paid for by pooling their own money. They also sought help from an NGO that agreed to pay Rs 10,000 to the woman and conducted the final rites.
9. Daring Female Cops Rescue 3 Minor Girls after Being Chased by a 600-Strong Mob in Haryana
In 2016, two women cops Sub-Inspector Piyali Ghosh and Constable Madhumita Das from Sankrail Police Station from Howrah, West Bengal, bravely faced a 600-strong mob in Haryana to rescue a trafficked girl. By the end of the mission, they were successful in rescuing not one, but three minor girls, and also arrested nine traffickers.
According to the police, the three girls were kidnapped and brought to Haryana to be married off. In the process of raids and investigation, the cops had to face a mob of about 600 people, which chased them through open fields saying that they were trying to kidnap their women. People in the mob were screaming for “public justice”, and the women cops had to urge their counterparts in Haryana police to fire shots in the air to save their lives.
10. Brave cops who waded through chest and knee-deep water to help stranded locals
In the torrential Mumbai & Palghar rains where most people refused to leave their homes, several Mumbai cops were out on the streets wading through chest and knee-deep waters to help stranded citizens. While Mumbai cop, Rajni Jabre was armed with only an umbrella, she took it upon herself to help people cross clogged roads in Hindmata wade of Mumbai’s Parel region, Constable Gite of Palghar Police rescued an ailing six-month-old girl from a waterlogged building in Manikpur on July 11. He wrapped her in soft blankets and marched out to seek medical assistance.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)