The incident happened on July 1 when the city was under extended stringent lockdown. Ever since the lockdown came into effect in March, it was difficult for the kin to visit Vasantha Subramaniam (8), who lived alone in an apartment on Neelakanda Mehta Street in T Nagar.
Her daughter Rama Raghu Iyer who lives in Delhi managed to get flight tickets and e-pass for Vasantha to reach her other daughter's house in Hyderabad but did not know how to bring her mother to the airport as the octogenarian could not book a cab on her own.
That is when she hesitantly contacted Mambalam police station. The senior officials assigned the job to Grade I constable R Mahalakshmi. On July 1, Mahalakshmi visited the house and took Vasantha and her luggage in a cab to the airport. She then waited there to ensure that the senior citizen boarded the flight to Hyderabad.
After Vasantha reached her daughter's house in Hyderabad, Rama took to social media to express her gratitude to the Mambalam police, noting how everything was organised through just a phone call to R1 police station. “The only thing constable Mahalakshmi asked was my mother's blessings! My mother did not spend a single penny," she added.
City police Commissioner Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal who came to know about the constable's gesture invited her to his office and rewarded her on Tuesday.