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Gurgaon residents to arrange raincoats and boots for traffic police personnel

The move is in response to a photo of a policeman in Gurgaon managing traffic barefoot in rain being shared on social media by an HT reporter

gurgaon Updated: Jul 07, 2017 22:37 IST
Naina Arora
Naina Arora
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The photo shared on social media of a police personnel manning traffic in Jharsa barefoot.

Residents of Tulip White society in Sector 69 are arranging for monsoon essentials such as raincoats and gumboots for the police team at Badshahpur police station.

They volunteered to do so after a Hindustan Times reporter shared a photo on the micro-blogging site Twitter of a traffic police personnel managing traffic at Jharsa barefoot in the rain. Seeing the photo, the residents decided to act and provide for the team at the police station.

“We owe it to our men. Seeing the photo on Twitter, we pitched the idea to society forums and WhatsApp groups and received a positive response. This drive is a means to acknowledge the efforts of the Gurgaon traffic police,” said Amit Saxena from the s residents’ welfare association (RWA) of the society.

As part of their efforts, residents will bring their children to the police station on Sunday to sensitise them towards how the police work.

“As monsoon is approaching, we wanted to fulfill their (police personnel’s) basic needs with gumboots and rain coats. Last year too, during the infamous traffic gridlock on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway that lasted for hours, the traffic police worked away from their families (for hours) to ensure smooth traffic flow. The children will gift the raincoats and gumboots to the police personnel as a gesture of appreciation,” said Saxena.

“We’ll get the supplies by Saturday evening. Along with the shoes and the coats, water flasks will also be distributed. A supplier agreed to supply the items on a no-profit basis because of what we intend to do. If every citizen group does its bit towards our city’s finest men, Gurgaon will become the happiest city to live in. Initiatives such as these go a long way and we hope other societies join in,” he added.

Rahul Agarawal, another resident from the society in Sector 69, said, “I was crossing Vatika Chowk the other day and saw a traffic policeman running around the intersection managing traffic, barefoot. We spoke to the team at Badshahpur police station and they were very happy to hear about our plan.”

Rajender Kumar, station house officer (SHO), Badshahpur police station, said the residents had met him a few days ago and proposed to provide some material. “It is good that the residents are thinking about the police force. The material will be useful for the personnel,” he said.

“For a healthy and a happy community, it is important that we recognise and appreciate the efforts of those who care for us.Through this (initiative), we hope to teach our children and the future generations to respect the police and people such as firemen, municipal workers and others who serve the community,” said Saxena.

First Published: Jul 07, 2017 22:37 IST