Republic Day police salute to bravehearts

Islampur, Jan. 25: The Islampur subdivisional police on Republic Day will felicitate two teachers, a mother and a teenaged boy for their bravery in fighting against crimes.

The initiative, the first of its kind in the subdivision, has been taken up by the administration to boost the morale of people so that they extend help to the police in averting crimes. At the event at the Islampur High School grounds, all the four will be presented a certificate and a memento.

"By witnessing the felicitation and hearing the acts of courage by the quartet, more and more people would come forward to prevent crimes. Social crimes can be eradicated to a substantial extent if commoners protest such incidents and show courage," said Samanjit Sengupta, the subdivisional officer of Islampur,

Teacher catches own abductors

Mohammad Habib, 36, a teacher of Mohhamadbaksh High School in Chopra, had been kidnapped by a gang in July last year when he was returning home. "Soon after the abduction, the teacher's wife received ransom calls. Police traced the calls and rescued Habib. While he was in the kidnappers' custody, he could recognise the spot where he was taken and guided the police to arrest the entire gang," said a source.

Fighting robbers

Another teacher, Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Deshbandhupara in Islampur, fought robbers in his home. The 30-year-old fought the gang that barged into his house around 2 in the night. When Kumar took on the thieves, they fled. But the teacher chased them for a kilometre and caught one of the robbers, who was handed over to the police.

Mother to the rescue

A homemaker in Panjipara, near Goalpokhor, rescued her daughter from the hands of traffickers after her husband, a rickshaw puller, sold the girl. Dipti Choudhury's 12-year-old daughter is back home now. Earlier this month, Dipti thought her husband Chandan was behaving suspiciously and learnt that he had supposedly fixed the marriage of their daughter with a resident of Uttar Pradesh.

After a few days, he took the girl out with him. "Apprehending that the girl may be trafficked, Dipti went to the Panjipara police outpost and filed a complaint against her husband. The police arrested the husband and learnt that he had handed the girl over to traffickers who had paid money," said a police source. "Three traffickers were arrested from Kishenganj railway station where they were waiting with the girl to catch a train. The girl was rescued by the police," said the source.

Teen averts own marriage

A 13-year-old boy from Chakulia foiled a plan by village elders and his family to marry him off to a girl in the locality. The Class II dropout, whose father had died earlier, belongs to a peasant's family. Last November, he fled from the venue of the wedding and reported the incident to Chakulia police station.

"It is appreciable that a 13-year-old boy went against his family and villagers and stopped another incident of minor marriage," said a police officer.

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