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For this sexagenarian, helping one is part of his life

New Delhi: Call it 'culture of intolerance' or rather a common character of the denizen, if not as a whole, but lending a helping hand at the time of needs to someone, either an injured person or anybody, is now hardly a matter in Delhi. However, for this sexagenarian, helping someone even in the wee hours of bone-chilling winter of Delhi, has been a part of his life.
What's more he has helped as many as 100 victims or destitute people even by taking them to hospitals so far.
Suraj Prakash Vaid (67), an elderly man who was inducted into the 'Delhi Police Mitra', has been helping the city cops in the night patrolling till 4 am. On his old scooter, the man put a first-aid box only for the treatment of any injured persons whenever he found them lying on the road.
"For 30 years, I have been doing this, our one help can save any precious life," Vaid told The Millennium Post. The elderly person also helped police during the Independence Day and Republic Day for maintaining proper security.
He further added in his noble cause more than 100 injured persons have been admitted to the hospitals including the victims of road rage. "Some died in hospital after which I myself lodged the police complaint," said Vaid.
Vaid lives with his family in Geeta Colony area. He had a business of tourist travel, which is now ceased. "My family supports me a lot… when I come late they are afraid of me, but this is life," said the elderly man. He also conducts last rites for the unidentified dead bodies. His son, Sachin, also helps his father for the noble cause.
"After coming from work I help my father, I know he is doing a great job," said Sachin. He said as a family they give him moral support and provide him help in every way he wants. His mother used to sit and looks for him whenever he comes late in the night in order to help someone. Confirming this, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Nupur Prasad told this correspondent that Vaid has been helping police for many years. "At this age he had not retired… working as a youth and helping police," said the DCP.
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