A police officer holds a baby boy. Both of them look at each other with broad smiles on their faces. Those around them cannot but not grin at the sight unfolding before them.
On Friday, journalist Dennis Marcus Mathew of Telangana Today tweeted this now viral picture, which had been taken by the police department, of a city cop who rescued a kidnapped child.
This #photo in @TelanganaToday of a baby smiling at cops who rescued him from his kidnappers in #Hyderabad is so cute! #WorldSmileDay pic.twitter.com/szHHyPz2qhâ€” Dennis Marcus Mathew (@dennismarcus) October 6, 2017
It was later shared by Swati Lakra, ACP Crime and SIT, Hyderabad Police following which it was widely retweeted.
This #photo in @TelanganaToday of a baby smiling at cops who rescued him from his kidnappers in #Hyderabad is so sweet! #WorldSmileDay pic.twitter.com/3wpgblW3NOâ€” IPS Association (@IPS_Association) October 7, 2017
Captured in a photograph, the moment is touching the hearts of many, both on and off social media.
Inspector Sanjay Kumar, who can be seen holding the baby, told The Indian Express, "The boy was crying but as soon as I took him in my arms, he became quiet, looked at me with eyes wide open and a big toothless grin followed. It filled my heart with happiness. The moment may have been captured by camera, but it will remain etched in my mind forever."
Four-month-old Faizan Khan was kidnapped on Wednesday night from a pavement, where he was sleeping with his mother Humera Begum, in Nampally.
When she realised her son was missing, the frantic mother approached the Nampally police station and lodged a complaint.
The cops swung into action and with the help of CCTV footage tracked down the baby in just 15 hours, Telangana Today reported. Two people, who had kidnapped the baby in order to sell him, were also arrested.
According to investigators, the two culprits were friends with Mohammed Ghouse, a resident of Rahmathnagar.
"About a fortnight ago, Ghouse asked them for an orphan kid for one of his relatives for adoption. Mustaq, who stays near Niloufer Hospital, told him he has good relations with the staff and that he could arrange a baby girl or boy from the hospital by convincing parents," Sanjay Kumar told the site.
He also mentioned that Ghouse had asked the duo to get them the child legally. The two men however abducted Faizan and took him to Ghouse's house. When the baby did not stop crying, Ghouse asked them to return him to his parents following which they took the child to one of their houses from where they were caught.
If all our policemen work like this, they will be rewarded each day with such smiles & salutes. @Uppolice @MumbaiPolice @TelanganaDGP @dgpup https://t.co/IRUdXFAgDNâ€” Rajesh Kumar Singh (@neelnabh) October 7, 2017
Bringing smiles is biggest reward. Sensitivity & humanity @IPS_Association @IGP_Surat https://t.co/vTlKZah9Shâ€” Shamsher Singh IPS (@Shamsher_IPS) October 7, 2017
What an absolutely brilliant moment. Love the warm wide smile on the otherwise and tough and gruff looking police officer. https://t.co/zzxe3RrW4Dâ€” adityan (@adityan) October 7, 2017
I loved this picture so much ... U should use it as part of public relations resource too https://t.co/59Y6hlGP7Uâ€” Uma Sudhir (@umasudhir) October 7, 2017
GOD speaks to us in many ways. This is the Utmost Best.â€” RVN (@Chinmayadasa) October 7, 2017
Thanks to Telengana Police.
Never seen a better thank you smile than this one... Really touchy.. https://t.co/A2G3Qm66Pjâ€” VIVEK KRISHNA (@VIVEK123432) October 7, 2017
One should live for such smiles!! Lovely. https://t.co/XnacDQolGAâ€” Liz Mathew (@MathewLiz) October 8, 2017
This one picture can go a long way in changing the image of the police. Sheer happiness all around. https://t.co/gA6c4P4BTUâ€” Jay (@jaywalkin) October 8, 2017
1 of the best pic of spreading happiness and defeating threat n terror. Smile is so real that those who see it feel happy from inside.â€” manish bihani (@mbihani0710) October 7, 2017
This is beautiful. Well done @hydcitypoliceâ€” VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 8, 2017