Jugsalai OC Ashok Kumar Giri interacts with a donor at the blood camp on thana premises on Tuesday. (Animesh Sengupta)
Ashok Kumar Giri may just change your impression about a policeman.
The officer-in-charge of Jugsalai organised a blood donation camp at the thana on Tuesday — a first-of-its-kind initiative taken at any police station across East Singhbhum — to prove that the men in khaki have a heart of gold.
Policemen and residents made a beeline in front of a room at the thana to donate blood from 10am sharp. A total 120 units of blood were collected by 3pm and sent to the local chapter of The Indian Red Cross Society in Bistupur.
Giri said 125 donors had turned up. “Of them, 35 were policemen and the rest were local residents. Five officers, however, were denied the opportunity to donate as they had high blood pressure and were found to be diabetic,” the good Samaritan OC added.
The officer even arranged for return gifts — such as umbrellas that can come in handy in the rains — for those who joined him in the noble cause.
Asked about his inspiration, Giri said he had been moved by the plight of a middle-aged man who ran from pillar to post to procure blood for his ailing wife.
“I was standing near the Sakchi roundabout in plain clothes when a man asked me if he could use my mobile phone to make a call. I offered him my phone and overheard him pleading with someone for a unit of AB+ blood. He was probably refused. The man returned my phone and left the scene. But, I could not forget the despair writ large on his face,” recalled Giri.
Transferred from Ranchi to Jugsalai recently, Giri said he was new to Jamshedpur and knew very few people in the steel city to offer help to the man that day.
“It gave me a sleepless night and I wanted to do something to help. That is when the idea of organising a blood donation camp here struck me.”
The next morning, Giri held a meeting with colleagues who gladly accepted his proposal and the rest, as they say, is history.