GUWAHATI, Nov 29 - In a novel attempt to make children responsive about various modes of crime prevention and community safety, the Assam Police has come up with a handbook to cater to the impressionable minds of the youngsters about specific categories of misdeeds.
The book titled The Little Sentinels chronicles several approaches to crime prevention, be it abduction, drug abuse, forensic as a tool and food adulteration to name a few, and focuses on the need to be proactive.
A brainchild of Director General of Assam Police Kuladhar Saikia, the English and Assamese versions of the book has been edited by Dr Dinesh Chandra Goswami and published by Rajib Saikia on behalf of Assam Police. The Assamese version of the book is titled as Sojag Konmanihot. The cartoons have been sketched by Utpal Talukdar.
�Storytelling has been a time-tested tool to impart knowledge to the children. This is an attempt in that direction to reach out to the children so that they grow to be responsible citizens with the knowledge of their rights and duties,� opined Saikia while talking to this correspondent.
The book is divided into 10 stories penned by Abhijit Sarma Barua (Babu and the Stranger), Soneswar Sarma (Knowing the Unknown), Anushree Sarma Barua (The Dream), Kshhiradhar Barua (The Story of Salt and Other Things), Jayanta Kumar Goswami (The Saviour), Gurmail Singh (Indu�s Fear), Bandita Phukan (How the Change Came About), Padmapani (The Detective Squad of Sankardev Nagar), Rupashree Goswami (The Ghost) and Dinesh Chandra Goswami (The Little Sentinels).
The book which was released recently in Guwahati has been distributed among different schools in and outside the State, besides public libraries and police academies.