NAGAON, April 19 - During the ongoing nationwide lockdown, a few police officials of Nagaon district are rendering yeoman service by helping senior citizens as well as those with old-age ailments in the town and its outskirts here.
These police officials are supplying essential commodities, medicines, LPG refill cylinders and also taking care of other urgent needs of the senior citizens on an everyday basis.
This humane face of the men in uniform has been widely appreciated by citizens of the district cutting across party affiliation, religion, sex and social hierarchy.
The beneficiaries, it may be pertinent to add here, happen to be senior citizens who are in some cases unable to go out on their own due to various reasons. Further, some among the retired citizens are sick or even handicapped, and live almost alone or are abandoned by their offspring.
There are also senior citizens whose children are compelled to stay far away or even outside the state in the interest of service or occupation.
To mention a few names, Sub-Inspectors Gaurabjyoti Mahanta, Jibon P Marak, Abdul Hannan Laskar, ASIs Biswajit Saikia, Anil Das and some other junior commissioned officers have been toiling ceaselessly for serving the senior citizens in various locations since the nationwide lockdown was imposed to curb spread of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
Responding promptly to a phone call or even SMS, these junior police officers are at the beck and call of the elderly citizens right at their doorsteps, that too for free.
Sub-Inspector Gaurabjyoti Mahanta while interacting with this Correspondent opined that it was their prime duty to support or help these senior citizens during such distressing times. A little bit of service for the elderly citizens during the evening of their lives is in fact service to God, he observed.
Meanwhile, SI Jibon P Marak also said that the police force had to play dual roles during the ongoing lockdown - strict on the road against the violators of lockdown guidelines, and on the contrary, simultaneously generous to those in need of help.
In the meantime, local MLA Rupak Sarma felicitated newspaper hawkers and newspaper distributors of the district at a function held at the Natun Bazar Durga Mandir here with a phulam gamusa each, besides distributing masks, hand sanitisers, gloves and other equipment among them to curb further spread of the dreaded COVID-19 virus.