Lockdown of Karnataka | Cops play the good samaritan, feed the poor
In the midst of their patrol duties to enforce the lockdown in the city, JJ Nagar’s police have been busy with an extra task – preparing meals and packing them at the police station every day in the afternoon to be served to the needy.
Patrol personnel, as soon as the packages are ready, will reach the station to collect them and give them to the homeless found in and around the area.
City police have been criticized for their allegedly harsh handling in enforcing the lockdown. On the other hand, they are hailed for playing Good Samaritans and feeding the homeless.
The program began on orders from Sanjeev Patil, DCP, West Division, who was on rounds.
He noticed that many homeless people and beggars were suffering on the roads without food due to the strict lockdown.
There are many homeless people who stay outside mosques and temples depending on the alms of the devotees, but who are now hungry because no one visits these places of worship, said DC Manju, inspector, JJ Nagar.
“Mr. Patil told us to do something for them and we started to prepare these meals,” he added.
“To begin with, the police pooled money in their pockets and asked a caterer to prepare the food. We brought the prepared food packed in the post and distributed to the homeless people found by the police on patrol, ”he explained.
But on several occasions, police personnel prepare food at the station due to the unavailability of the caterer.
“So far we are serving around 70 people in and around the area giving them food in the afternoon. We will continue to do this as the locals have also started to participate and sometimes contribute. “, added Mr. Manju.
This is not an isolated case, there are many stations across the city that help the poor and migrant workers who are hungry due to lack of work.
“So far we are managing with the resources available, but it is a huge task and needs to be tackled at a higher level quickly,” said a policeman who is part of the program.