While there have been unfortunate incidents of violence and apathy during the lockdown, there have also been some heartwarming acts of kindness. One such act by the Station House Officer (SHO) of Kukatpally Police Station in Telangana, B Lakshminarayana, has earned him much praise. The inspector, earlier this month, not only responded to a medical emergency call for a stranded migrant worker in Hyderabad, but also paid his hospital bill in full.
The incident happened on the night of April 16, when the SHO received a call. Speaking to The News Minute, Lakshminarayana said, "On April 16 night, we got a call that someone is in a medical emergency situation. We immediately got to work, reached to the spot, and took the Lalit, a migrant labourer who was working for the metro, to Omni Hospital. He was in need of an emergency surgery. And we got it done. It's just a small thing from my end that I could do to save his life. There is nothing to boast about. However I am thankful that the patient is fine now."
He added that he could respond promptly because of timely coordination between departments â€“ the COVID-19 helpline which received Lalitâ€™s call, directed it to the Director General of Policeâ€™s office, who then directed to the concerned police station.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasherkar Rao sent a letter of appreciation for the SHO as well. â€œIt has been brought to my notice that Shri Lalit Kumar, a resident of Himachal Pradesh, who was stranded in Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Telangana, was in need of an emergency operation. In this difficult situation, you not only helped in admitting in hospital but also paid rupees Rs 20,000 on account of surgery bill to Omni Hospital from your own pocket. This act was a great gesture on your part. I appreciate your exemplary effort. Your deed is an inspiration to all the persons involved in the fight against COVID-19," the letter said.
Lakshminarayana has even received accolades from the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur, and Telangana DGP, Mahender Reddy, for his actions.
Your Concern beyond Humanity towards Mr. Lalit who got stranded due to #LockDown really deserves this appreciation.â€” DGP TELANGANA POLICE (@TelanganaDGP) April 23, 2020
Admitting him at hospital & supporting financially on your own, proves once again that, police is there to reach every needy.
Proud of you Dear SHO Kukatpally. pic.twitter.com/Ay7Vs8O3zr