After being given a platform by social media for their good work, two city cops—head constable Ashok Kumar and subinspector Pritam Singh—were honoured by cabinet minister Tota Singh at the district-level programme on Independence Day. Both the cops have been deputed in the traffic wing.
Ashok is munshi with the traffic wing. In August 2010, Ashok was on duty near Giaspura, when he saw a city-based family in trouble. After approaching the family he came to know that their car had developed a technical snag. The family was coming back from Patiala after attending a wedding function.
“I called a mechanic to repair the car. Following which, the family left the spot. Meanwhile, I found a diamond necklace on the road that belonged to the woman in the car. I followed the car on my bike and returned the necklace to the woman. This incident was covered by some newspapers of the area,” said Ashok.
“Following which, I made some newspaper cuttings and uploaded them as my profile picture on WhatsApp. Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP traffic) Harinderjit Singh noticed the newspaper cuttings and appreciated my efforts and recommended my name for the award,” Ashok said. Ashok was part of a team under IPS officer Swapan Sharma (the then ACP traffic) that had initiated much-debated and appreciated tow-away drive.
From a sportsman to a celebrity on social media
Sub-inspector Pritam Singh has been serving the department for at least 35 years now. He was an athlete when he had joined the force in 1979. He worked against terrorism and also rendered his services as photographer to the department and captured hundreds of crime scenes with a camera. Since 1996, he was deputed in general duty in the department. He is a known as ‘challan machine’ on social media. Pritam has been appreciated for managing the traffic at the Jagraon Bridge, one of the busiest point, from past many years.
Performing his duty in extreme weather conditions too, he helps people, especially elderly and women, in crossing roads. “My retirement is due in September this year. I have performed my duty well and equally performed my social duty. I have got many appreciation awards from the department for my work,” he said.