“Yesterday, around 2 am, after attending a Marriage reception ceremony in Dunlop area, I and my two friends Shubhradip and Aritra were returning to Garia to drop Shubhradip and then return back home. After hitting a pothole in BT Road we started hearing strange noises from the left side of the car, unsure of the problem we kept going as the area we were crossing was unsafe at night. Just when we were in the middle of the “Maa” flyover, the left Mudguard broke apart with loud noise and we figured out that the upper chunk of the tubeless tyre gave away, and we will be in serious trouble if we keep going.
Somehow we managed to drive the car at a very low pace with the risk of getting hit from behind on the blind corners of the flyover. Once we came down, much to our astonishment the spare tire did not have any air. We were stuck near east Calcutta township on EM BYPASS for the night we realized. We tried contacting all the car authorized dealers and discovered everything was closed at it was around 3 o’ clock. On the verge of giving up after asking many cab drivers that none of the tire or servicing shops will be open, one of us discovered a police booth. After approaching with our problem, one Police person took one of my friends at the backseat of his bike and asked us to follow, he went to a mechanics place beside the road, woke him up and requested to help us. That guy was not ready for this kind of problem and started asking very high amounts, the police personnel even helped us with that.
He said, and I quote ” Beshi kichu lagle ami diye dicchi, tui eder ke thik kore de, rat e osubidhey poreche” We stood there with pure awe while these things took place infront of our eyes , A police officer helping us firstly showing us the place where we could fix the tire, getting involved in the matter and making the mechanic understand the problem which includes bargaining after waking him up at midnight and making him fix that, not for once we heard any arrogance in his voice. A very polite helping-hand which rescued us at midnight. This is what Kolkata is known for. We felt safe even at 3 am where cars were speeding past an empty road near Patuli Township. He took care of us like we were known to him for years.
Officer Kamal Das and ASI Adhir Kr. Roy of Tiljala Police station, I salute you ! Kolkata Traffic police has real Gems in their organization. His Last words before he went on to attend another call on his walkie-talkie was ” Dada sob police kharap hoy na, Lok e onek kichu na jene amader ke aje baje kotha bole ” (“not every Police is Bad, people abuse us without knowing many important things” ) A request from my side to Kolkata Traffic Police section.
Kindly congratulate them from your end too. That will motivate more policemen. Their name and Police Station is mentioned above. (only we know how much he did for us last night) It’s service beyond self surely.”
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