A fountain welcomes residents to Adityapur police station. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Manjhitola resident Ramrit Sharma (60), who recently visited Adityapur police station to lodge a complaint after a brawl with his neighbour, was pleasantly surprised with the premises.
An illuminated fountain has been set up in front of the thana building, while a small garden adorns a corner. Potted plants have been set up and a few chairs laid out for visitors to bask in the sun during winter. This apart, the thana premises are spic and span.
The beautification of Adityapur thana has been carried out as part of a larger effort aimed at making police stations in Seraikela-Kharsawan people-friendly. Thanks to the drive, Adityapur police station is now the most beautiful thana in the district.
Local NGO Jan Kalyan Morcha’s president Om Prakash lauded the efforts of district police authorities for beautifying the stations in the district.
“Recently, when I visited Adityapur thana, I could not help but wonder if I was at a police station or a corporate office. Then I recollected that former Seraikela-Kharsawan SP Indrajit Mahthe had directed officers-in-charge of each police station in the district to beautify their premises,” said Om Prakash.
He added that such exercises would help improve the relationship between masses and men in uniform.
“If people feel comfortable at a thana, it will be of great help to both the masses and the police,” he said. Officer-in-charge of Adityapur police station K.N. Mishra, who played the pivotal role behind the thana’s transformation, credited SP Indrajit Mahthe for the success of the beautification exercise.
“It is all a result of team work and the credit goes to SP of Seraikela-Kharsawan,” Mishra told The Telegraph, adding that they had merely heeded Mahthe’s instruction of improving the ambience of police stations.
“We all are bound with our respective duties and have little time at our disposal. Whenever we get leisure time, we try to think of ways to make the thana premises more beautiful,” said Mishra.
Notably, former SP Mahthe had called upon officers-in-charge of the 13 police stations in the district in October and instructed them to beautify the premises of their respective police stations.
He had also declared that the best-looking thana would be awarded a cash prize.
The new superintendent of police of Seraikela-Kharsawan, Madan Mohan Lal, who joined recently, affirmed that he would carry forward the good work done by his predecessor. “I will also ensure that all the police stations in my district look beautiful and that they are maintained properly," SP Lal said.