A recent interaction with an Assistant Commissioner of Police brought out this revelation. In 2015, an elderly woman lost her wallet containing Rs 3,000 and a small piece of jewellery while travelling on an MTC bus. She lodged a complaint with the nearby police station. When it was ignored, she took it up with the city police commissionerate after which a case was registered at a police station.
Then the case was forwarded to another station since she lost the valuables during transit.
Unlike the previous police station, the police personnel here were very kind and treated the senior citizen with respect. Overwhelmed with police behaviour and hopeful of getting her valuables back, she visited the station almost every week.
Every time, she was treated in the same ‘nice’ manner. A few months ago, she met the Assistant Commissioner who has control over the police station falls under and narrated her ordeal. The officer checked with the respective inspector and found out that her complaint was closed at the end of 2015 but they kept lying to her that she would get her valuables soon. The silver lining to the story is that the Assistant Commissioner was so irked, he asked the police personnel to compensate the woman ‘by hook or by crook’ at least for the number of times she travelled to the station for about four years.
Following this, the police officers pooled in money and compensated the woman who wasn’t aware of what was going on. The Assistant Commissioner was recently transferred out of that range following which he narrated this incident.
– Venkadesan S, Chennai