Meet a traffic cop who simply ‘loves to help’

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Libnus Tirkey, a constable of Special Auxiliary Police posted at Keredari in Hazaribagh, cursed his luck on January 4 when he lost his wallet containing cash, his ID and debit cards in Ranchi.

Tirkey, who’d come to Ranchi on official work, had not believed that a traffic cop here in the capital would take extra effort to track him down and return the wallet.

Traffic assistant sub-inspector Devendra Kumar Singh proved to be that cop who went beyond the call of duty. And it isn’t in Tirkey’s case alone that Singh has taken the trouble, he does it as a matter of course.

Tirkey said he had come to Ranchi for some official work when he lost his wallet at Hinoo. “Frankly, I was very dismayed because I thought that realistically it was next to impossible to get it back. I had everything in that wallet, from my ATM cards, my army canteen card, my Aadhaar card. I had cash too, but losing it was the least of my worries,” said the SAP constable.

On January 9, Tirkey received a phone call from the SBI.

“The person on the other end of the phone inquired whether I lost my wallet along with the debit card. I nearly jumped out of my skin in surprise,” Tirkey said. “He informed me that traffic ASI Devendra Kumar Singh had found the wallet and wanted to return it to me. On Saturday (January 11), I visited the traffic post at Hinoo where Singh handed me over my wallet, everything intact. I appreciated him profusely and blessed him. Every cop should be like him.”

Asked, ASI Singh shrugged it off as “no big deal, just doing my job”.

Singh, who joined the police force in 2000 was transferred to Ranchi traffic police in 2016.

If Singh finds lost purses or wallets, documents or mobile phones, he not only tracks the owners down, but also ensures safe delivery of the items.

This apart, the elderly, children and patients caught in traffic snarls have often found a helping hand in Singh.

The state and district police have acknowledged his services with cash prizes and citations at least on 72 occasions. Last year, he was awarded the President’s Police Medal for meritorious services.

Known to be jovial and helpful, Singh is nicknamed Good Samaritan by his colleagues.

Singh smiles at the nickname. “What can I say. I think I am just doing my duty. I love helping people. The smile that lights up people’s faces when they get back something they had thought they had lost forever…that’s good to see. That drives me to do my best,” he said.

On Tirkey’s wallet, Singh said he found it lying unattended. “I sent a message about the wallet in our chat group (of traffic cops) on WhatsApp. But no one knew of a complainant who’d lost his wallet. So I decided to track down the owner from the cards in the wallet,” he said. “I visited an Aadhaar enrolment center and requested the staff to check whether any mobile phone number was attached to the Aadhaar card I found in the wallet, but there wasn’t. I had better luck with the bank debit card.”

“Singhji really walks the extra mile,” said one of his colleagues. “Take Saturday evening. A rickshaw puller was injured by a speeding car. Singhji promptly called an ambulance and hospitalised the rickshawpuller.”

Jharkhand school lessons on bolt safety


ightning, which kills over 130 people in Jharkhand on an average every year, will be a part of the academic curriculum in over 2,000 government schools from the next session.

A proposal by the disaster management department to include lightning and related safety parameters in the syllabus has been accepted by the state executive committee, which, led by chief secretary D.K. Tiwari, coordinates and monitoring its many initiatives.

“The executive committee will hold a final discussion, primarily the nitty-gritty, at its meeting soon. After that the chief secretary will issue formal guidelines,” said Manish Kumar Tiwari, joint secretary, home, prisons and disaster management.

Sources said the executive committee meeting would have senior bureaucrats of various departments, including principal secretary of school education and literacy A. P. Singh, who will be a special invitee since the proposal deals with his domain.

“The meeting is scheduled to discuss threadbare details like contents of the proposed chapter on lightning and the subject under which the chapter would be included for teaching in classes 8, 9 and 10. The subject will be introduced from the 2020-21 academic session,” said an official.

The state disaster management department will also be sending directives to deputy commissioners of all 24 districts, asking them to disseminate information on lightning safety during assembly in schools.

“Deputy commissioners of Bokaro and Hazaribagh have already started talking about the dos and don’ts on lightning safety during assembly at state-owned primary, middle and high schools. We would like other districts to do the same,” said Tiwari.

The state disaster management authority, which functions under the department, is planning to launch its own GPS-based software project to prevent casualties arising out of lightning strikes.

Officials said the software, designed by Jharkhand Agency for Promotion of Information Technology (JAPIT), aims to issue alerts to people in lightning-prone areas based on inputs from Ranchi Met office.

“The software will automatically send text messages to smart phones in the area (the phones need to switch on their location service) asking users to take precautionary measures. Our motto is to curb casualties. We are planning to roll it out on Independence Day,” Tiwari said.

Jharkhand: Farmer’s jugaad turns scooter into plough


A farmer from of Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand has built a plough with ‘jugaad’ technology.

This equipment made with the help of the engine of a discarded scooter is making a splash in the whole area.

Located 40 kilometres from Hazaribagh, Unchaghana village of Tathizharia area is now the talk of the town as one man’s resolve to overcome his problems through homemade, self-thought technology invited praises and admiration.

People from the district often migrate for jobs due to lack of opportunities here, and Mahesh Karmali was no exception. He went to Chennai to earn a living in a Bajaj workshop.

However, Karmali had to return home as he couldn’t secure a permanent job in metropolis for not having a high school certificate. Though he owns farmland, he had no plough or bulls to till the land. He couldn’t afford to buy those for more than Rs 50,000.

A tractor was beyond his dreams and after a long thought, Karmali decided to make a plough for tilling all by himself. He bought a second-hand scooter from a friend and improvised it to a plough for nearly Rs 6,000.

His wife is very happy with his success and says that now it is very easy to do farming. “For less money, the entire farm gets tilled and time is also saved. I’m able to give more time to my children and household.”

Karmali’s innovation has caught the attention of farmers from many villages and they are coming to see this plough with some also willing to buy. They are driven by the cost advantage of the plough over tractor or bulls and the work efficiency of the device.

Karmali’s innovation can be beneficial for the hilly regions of the state and can be a boon for farmers if such techniques are supported and promoted by the government.

11 Killed, 25 Injured After Bus Rams Into Truck In Jharkhand


New Delhi:  11 people were killed and 25 others injured after a speeding double-decker bus rammed into a truck following a brake failure at National Highway 2 near Hazaribagh in Jharkhand.

The accident took place near Danua-Bhanua area on National Highway 2 when the bus hit the rear of the trailer truck.

“The bus was running at a speed of 120 km/h when we got to know that the breaks are not working. The bus driver tried to control the speeding bus but it rammed into a truck coming from the opposite side. The lower deck of the bus got completely damaged and the passengers were pulled out from the bus after the accident,” an injured passenger Saurabh Kumar told ANI.

Pictures of the accident released by news agency ANI show the vehicle overturned and a crowd gathered at the site where the incident took place. 

“I heard the bus driver shouting that the breaks are not working and we should save ourselves, both the conductor and bus driver tried to save the passengers but they couldn’t because there was no way to stop the speeding bus,” another injured passenger told ANI.

Few of the injured passengers are said to be in a critical condition and they have been shifted to Ranchi for further treatment. 

Senior police officer Manish Kumar said, “We have visited the accident spot with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) team earlier as well, and that spot has been declared as a ”Black Spot” because at least 150 people have died in a road accident in the last six months on the same spot. We will be visiting the accident spot again with NHAI team for further research after this incident.”

Jharkhand government eyeing intellectual property rights for Peda and Sohrai


RANCHI: With the intention of claiming patents on Deoghar’s ‘peda’ and ‘Sohrai’ painting of Hazaribagh, the State Government has decided to conduct a research survey for guidance in establishing intellectual property rights and geographical indicators of Jharkhand, outsourcing the work to the National Law School of India in Bengaluru.

The State Cabinet on Tuesday sanctioned Rs 33.55 lakh for the purpose.

The Cabinet gave its approval for research, survey and filing application for the registration of Geographical Indication of Jharkhand and guiding in establishing intellectual property rights centre for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

Officials said that the survey will be focused on MSMEs and the research will help them get intellectual property rights over products.

The MSME Centre in Ranchi will function as the nodal office for this survey. The famous Deoghar peda and Hazaribagh Sohrai art and many other products and art forms of Jharkhand may also come under this survey,” Urban Development Secretary Ajay Kumar Singh told the media on Wednesday.

Peda is offered to Lord Shiva at Deoghar. As per an estimate, annual turnover of peda is around Rs 50 crore, with a remarkable increase during Shrawani Mela.

Sohrai painting, on the other hand, is an indigenous art form practised by the women, where ritualistic art is done on mud walls to welcome the harvest season and to celebrate cattle.