Holding a stick in his hand outside a police outpost, a 14-year-old boy is explaining to people that they should not violate the lockdown, avoid moving out of their homes unnecessarily, use a gamchaa, handkerchief or mask to cover their face and repeatedly use sanitisers and soaps.
“Remember that lockdown rules are to be followed. If there is any lockdown violation, then I am the police outpost in-charge, and I will register a case and send the guilty to jail,” says Saumya Agarwal, a police aspirant and resident of Mihinpurwa, Uttar Pradesh.
Impressed by the leadership qualities of the boy, police have made him the “in-charge” of an outpost.
When the teenager reiterates Do Gaj Doori Bahut Zaroori (a distance of two yards is crucial) as said by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, people like his style and take him seriously.
“This is the age of community policing… We are going ahead with moderate policing and presenting us as a friend,” said Superintendent of Police Vipin Mishra.
SHO of Motipur police station JP Shukla said, “When police outpost in-charge of Mihipurwa Ajay Tiwari came to know that Saumya was interested in joining the force, he tried an experiment. Saumya was declared as the in-charge of Mihipurwa outpost before the public. A police team is sent with Saumya instead of Ajay Tiwari.”
Meanwhile, Tiwari said the experiment has proved successful and people are following the lockdown.
Bahraich MP Akshaibar Lal praised the concept, and said it will make people understand the importance of lockdown.
He also praised Saumya, and advised him to look after himself, follow social distancing, but at the same time focus on studies, so that he can realise his dream of joining the police force.