Police personnel of the capital, who spend the year interrogating criminals and registering FIRs, started 2014 by distributing sweets and chocolates among 28 orphan children residing at Anchal Shishu Ashram near Ranchi Lake.
Nearly 12 men in uniform reached the Ashram premises around 1.30pm. The prominent among them were Kotwali deputy superintendent of police Deepak Ambastha and officers-in-charge of Kotwali, Lower Bazar and Lalpur, respectively, Arvind Kumar Sinha, Jeetendra Kumar and A.K. Jha.
“Sharing love and caring for others make your life more joyful and happy. This year, city police has decided to adopt this as the motto. So, we thought of starting the year by distributing sweets among the orphans,” said Ambastha when asked about the motivation behind the noble endeavour.
As for the children, they were delighted to find the policemen in a new avatar.
“Police se dar lagta tha, par aaj nahi dare. Mithai khaye. (I used to be frightened of police. But, today I was not scared and ate sweets),” said Neelu Kumar, a Class III student of Kanya Pathshala and one of the orphans residing at the Ashram.
Third grader Priyanka echoed Neelu. “Police ne humse pucha ki naya saal kaise manaya jata hai to humne kaha khusi se (When police asked me how New Year is celebrated, I replied ‘happily’,” she said.
Mahesh Wadhwani, a key figure behind running the orphanage, expressed joy over the policemen’s initiative.
“The way policemen came to the Ashram boosted my morale. If others visit in the same way, these children will feel loved and cared for,” he said.