Kolkata Police, once again, showed their humane side on Sunday when some officers admitted an unidentified woman to a hospital, who was lying sick and unattended on a pavement.
The woman was lying unattended on a pavement near Md Ali Park for the past five days. Thousands of people pass the area every day but no one had bothered to take the initiative of at least informing the police or dialing the city police’s emergency helpline number 100 and ask the police to admit her to any hospital.
With the temperature falling to 11.2 degree Celsius in the city, it became unbearable for the aged woman to bear the cold as she had no warm clothes to put on. As a result she fell ill and lost her senses.
A senior officer of Jorasanko Police station noticed the woman when he was passing by the area. He took the initiative and contacted the officer-in-charge of Jorasanko police station Amit Rakshit. Rakshit and the senior officer sent her to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and the doctors in the hospital admitted the woman providing her necessary treatment.
The police officers claimed it to be their duty, but people appreciated the step taken by the officers because if not for their help, the woman would have died.
A police officer said that it doesn’t seem that she is a pavement dweller. She might have lost her way after coming to the city and failed to return home. Thus, the police are trying to find her name and address.
It may be mentioned that the city police runs a project called Pranam to help the aged people as and when needed. Members of Pranam just need to contact the police over phone in case of emergency or if they need any help.
In September 2016, a 76-year-old homeless person found a roof over his head, thanks to the efforts of Kolkata Police. The man went to seek shelter in his nephew’s house.
His nephew, however, denied to take his responsibility and the old man was left all alone to fend for himself. He then started living on a footpath at city’s Anwar Shah Road. Police officials from Charu Market Police Station visited the spot and the man requested them to arrange for a shelter for him. After a lot of effort, the cops were able to find an NGO in Kolaghat area which was willing to help the old man.