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Trainee cops share love & care on orphanage trip

- Aspiring constables win hearts of children with affection and cleanliness drive

Sarban Kumar (8) and Santosh Kumar (5), dwellers of Ramanandi Devi Hindu Anathalaya, got a taste of love from the world outside the orphanage.

Trainee constables of the Police Training School (PTS), Nathnagar, scheduled to pass out on Monday, have been taking care of the orphanage as part of their course. The trip was a part of the image makeover programme — Maitri (friendship) — of the police.

For most children of this orphanage, Friday was special as many of them, for the first time in their lives, received love and affection from the trainee female constables. “I don’t know how a sister treats her brother but today, I felt good when the didis served food with care and took special attention when we were eating,” said Bijoy Bharati, a dweller and a Part III student at TNB College, Bhagalpur.

The would-be constables also distributed fruits, toffees, sweets, alphabet books and milk. “Meri maa hai, mujhe khana khila rahi hai (she is my mother, she is feeding me),” said Santosh, referring to one of the constables who were feeding him. Child Line, Bhagalpur, handed over Santosh to this orphanage on June 16.

“Santosh does not say anything about his family or his native place. Today, he might have recalled his mother,” said Arup Kumar Sinha, secretary of Sishu Griha, an NGO, which works for the cause of orphans. Priyanka (13), another inmate said she now realises the importance of hygiene after witnessing how the constable didis and bhaiyas took the pain for the cleanliness drive at the orphanage.

“After the passing-out parade on Monday, I would be in uniform and would be responsible for curbing crime at the place of my posting. Spending time at this orphanage has taught me the value of human life. In future, I would be able to interact with people in a better manner,” said Mala Kumari, a PTS student hailing from Samastipur.

The assistant director, Bihar police academy, Patna and principal in-charge of PTS, Nathnagar, Paritosh Kumar Das said 1,200 constables, including 120 girls from different districts would complete their nine-month training. “From July 17 to July 21, six companies of 1,200 trainee constables each were assigned to look after the orphanage, initiate cleanliness drives, and make the children aware of how to live in a better way,” he said. Each company was assigned a day to look after the orphanage.

Das added: “The constables were also instructed to arrange food for the inmates from their pockets. PTS has funds and it could easily arrange food for the children. But I asked the trainee constables to contribute from their pocket to develop the sense of contributing something for the needy. I instructed them to arrange the meal. Each trainee constable would have to spend Rs 30 or Rs 40. They arranged for sweets, fruits and other things. I feel proud of them. The constables have shown their love for the children,” Das added.

Das said the programme was a part of an ongoing image-transformation programme of the police. The programme called Maitri was earlier designed with the help of Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna and Bihar Police Academy. “The aim of the project is to make cops people-friendly so that they could easily interact with people,” he said.