Monday, August 03, 2015

Who is this brave Punjab Police officer? And how he rescued a woman teacher from Sirhind canal

A Twitter photo showing Bathinda DSP's daring plunge 
“Daring plunge by Punjab police DSP to save lady protestor from drowning. Such motivated officers keep the flag high!!”: When a Delhi police officer Madhur Verma released this photo on a social media site on Sunday with the above-mentioned caption, there followed hundreds of reaction. And rightly so. BoI here gives you more about this Bathinda-based deputy superintendent of police (DSP) that you see in this photo, date and place of the incident, and also the circumstances in which a lady teacher jumped into the canal:

In fact, this brave deputy superintendent of police (DSP), belonging to Punjab Police, is Gurmit Singh Kingra. According to local media reports, this Bathinda-based cop is a professional swimmer. An assistant sub-inspector Kaur Singh also jumped into the canal when he saw his boss Kingra did it to save lives.
The incident took place on July 5 this year, i.e. almost a month before this photo created a buzz in social media on Sunday. Demanding regularization of their jobs and raise of Rs 5,000-a-month salary to an appropriate level, around 500 teachers protested on the highway in Punjab’s Goniana near Bathinda, prompting police to lathicharge. As a local news channel showed, protesters blocking the highway were dragged and taken into custody by police.
It could not be ascertained from available videos whether the lady protester in the picture actually jumped fearing police, but The Tribune headlined the incident like this: “Fearing police, teachers jump into canal”. A police officer in the same news report denied any excesses meted out to protesters.
But what can’t be undermined by any means is the brave act of this cop who has turned inspirational for his colleagues across the nation. “I've no word to express what i feel right now!! Salute! just salute!!” – is how a reader reacted in Twitter after seeing this photo. Quips another: “par phir bhi log isko Thulla kahenge (even then people call cop a Thulla), clearly taking a jibe at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s recent derogatory remark on police.
Someone said, “Singh is King”. And many people wrote: “Jai Hind”.
Another reader says what could be comparable to an editorial comment, “corruption and nepotism abound but officer such as these keep hope alive”. Yes, they do.

1 comment:

  1. incidents like this show why police should get their due