Even death fails to put police officer off duty

 CORRESPONDENT

KANGPOKPI, 2nd Apr: Bereavement is something unpredictable. It is something which is certain for all. But when death occurred, each and every member of the family, whether living nearby or far away, wants to be with the departed and bid adieu.

But duty comes first for Inspector Khogen, who is in Manipur Police Department for more than 30 years and nearing retirement on service superannuation. He is presently posted at Kangpokpi Police Station as Officer-in-Charge since few weeks back before the lockdown began owing to the pandemic COVID-19.

On March 31 around 11 pm, Inspector Khogen’s younger brother who worked in the PHE Department died on the spot in a tragic road mishap at Pangei in Imphal East while on his way home after hectic works related to closure of the Financial Year. The sad news was relayed to Inspector Khogen early morning the next day. He went to his brother’s residence and returned in the afternoon to resume his duties.

Inspector Khogen is among many other district police officers guarding the market places, public areas, roads, etc. during the lockdown and maintaining the law and order under the supervision of his superior as 144 CrPC has been clamped in the district owing to the pandemic COVID-19.

Police department is one of the key departments among many others in combating the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Apart from having maintaining law and order, the police personnel are ensuring smooth supply and transport of essential commodities to the people at this critical juncture. 

 Inspector Khogen is not only a disciplined police officer but a good samaritan. When the lockdown was relaxed for few hours for the first time in the District Headquarters, he was seen helping the market goers by carrying bags of potatoes so as to avoid crowding. He was also seen on the next day leading the disinfection team and helping them by engaging himself in carrying the fire tender pipe while disinfection of the town and market place.

“My duty is more important than anything else. I was told duty comes first for a police officer before taking the oath and I want to retire from my service satisfactorily by upholding my duty while rendering exemplary services to the people”, said visibly emotional but resolute Inspector Khogen.

Kangpokpi Women Welfare Organisation and Kangpokpi Youth Union accompanied by local senior Journalist Kaybie Chongloi and Administrators of The Kanggui Post, the local leading WhatsApp group, expressed condolence and met the Inspector at his quarters at Kangpokpi PS, consoling him by wrapping a traditional shawl and muffler as a mark of respect.


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