Each morning they are picked up from their home in red-beaconed police vehicles for school where they are introduced to alphabets by teachers dressed in khaki uniforms.
The first-of-its-kind school, opened on the premises of Hanumanganj police station just 10 days back, is an initiative of the city police to keep away children in the age group of 4-12 years from anti-social activities in slum areas prone to crime.
A brainchild of Bhopal senior superintendent of police, Raman Singh Sikarwar, the ‘Bal Sanjeevani Paramarsh Kendra’ is funded by the city’s police department.
“Under this initiative, police are trying to save the future generation from the world of crime by educating them. The aim is to make them realise the good side of their life, where they can realise their dreams,” Sikarwar said. The SSP also hopes these children will help police against criminal activities in their surrounding areas once they grow up. The positives of the initiative have already started bearing fruit.
Six-year-old Salman, until now fearful of the police, now can’t stop praising his teacher. “Our police teacher is very good and she teaches me alphabets. I am not scared of the police anymore,” he said.
Sub-inspector Kanchan Singh, who teaches at the school, told HT: “Some students are really bright, but they don’t get a good environment at home. After dealing with criminals for so long, it is a rejuvenation process for me to teach students.”