BHOPAL: ‘Tasked’ to catch a thief by two constables in a jovial mood to prove his capability of becoming a cop a slum kid at the age of four and half passed the test with flying colours in Indore.
At an age when kids at best play cops and robbers, four and half year old Yuvraj actually guided the cops to nab two vehicle thieves which lead to recovery of 16 stolen motorcycles by the Khajrana police.
Says constable Amit Tiwari, “A few days back my partner constable Praveen and I were patrolling near the Khajrana Ganesh temple when a small boy approached us attracted by the wireless set that we were using at that time. He confidently asked us what was the use of the wireless set and we told him that it helped us to nab thieves. We let him handle the set, and he said he too wanted to become a cop. We told him, jokingly, that to become a cop he would have to study and catch a thief. We were amazed when he told that he knew where some thieves had hidden stolen motorcycles.”
Though initially the two cops were skeptical, they went along with Yuvraj and he showed where two stolen motorcycles were hidden.
“We checked and found they were indeed stolen. So we waited there and soon one of the thieves came there with another stolen vehicle,” said constable Amit.
The police swung into action and arrested Sachin Makwana (19), a resident of Kumhar Mohalla, Khategaon in Dewas district and Rohit Mehra (19), a resident of Neharganj, Itarsi. Both were staying in a slum at Scheme No 78 in Indore. Police recovered 16 stolen motorcycles from them.
Khajrana town inspector (TI), Kamlesh Sharma said the cops wanted to do something for Yuvraj. We were moved when we found that his mother had died, and his father was a caretaker of a Sulabh complex in Khajrana area. But as the father was a habitual drunk, Yuvraj had to look after himself most of the time and even managed the Sulabh Complex.
“We loaded him with gifts and chocolates, but we also noticed that he was keen to study so we got him admitted to All Saints School, gave him books and other things and we have decided to pay his school fees,” said TI Sharma.
Yuvraj himself is thrilled about going to school from May 1. Talking to HT he said, “I will study hard and want to become a cop when I grow up.”
Additional superintendent of police Rakesh Singh said the boy had remarkable self- confidence.
“What I really liked and is good for the police force is that he approached the cops while mostly kids are afraid of the khaki uniform”, he added.
The DIG Hari Narayan Chari has announced a reward of Rs 20,000 to the team that nabbed the thieves and recovered the motorcycles.