Enclosure heroes: a savior, an officer and a knight

NEW DELHI: Inspector Parasnath, an officer at the South Campus Police Station in South Delhi, has not been home for a week. Not only is he busy enforcing the blockade to control the spread of Covid-19 infection, but he fears that constant exposure to different people during picket service has made him a carrier of the deadly coronavirus. He and several of his colleagues, eager to save their families, have turned their police stations into virtual quarantine zones for them.

I often don't get in touch with my family because when I finally have time to call them, they will be gone for the day. My only communication is when I reply to my wife's text message asking if I have eaten, says Parasnath.

The officer says his family has taken advantage of his absence athletically. “They never complain when I go out to work. They know well that this is all part of my duty and that I would never be anywhere other than on the ground when it comes to my responsibilities, ”he smiles.

It is hard and thankless work that the police inspector has to do every day. The team he leads scans vehicles in sections such as Shanti Path, which has the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri and, therefore, the presence of many foreigners. People are reluctant to stop their cars. We are not doing it for our own benefit, but to enforce security and privacy. People don't understand this, says Parasnath.

Last Tuesday, he and his team tried to get people to stand up in an orderly manner at one booth. There was a gentleman who claimed to be a senior government official who attacked me for not allowing him to go off duty at the beginning of the line, he says with disdain. As police officers, it is our duty to keep people at least a meter away, but no one is willing to do this. They get mad at us.

Fighting people while on the street puts you at risk. “Although we take protective measures, you never know if you have hired something. I go back to the police station and immediately bathe. I prefer to stay there rather than go home and expose my family to any infection, ”says Parasnath.

Walking to a car, the inspector says over his shoulder: I'm not sure if I can be called a hero because all I'm doing is trying to keep compatriots safe from the deadly virus. He may not be a hero to himself, but for 250 migrant workers, he certainly is. Parasnath and his team have adopted unemployed workers who had prevented them from leaving Delhi and now provide them with two meals every day.

These people and my colleagues are my family these days, the officer smiles. “We take care of the pickets in turns. In addition to occasional calls to families, most days are spent doing the different tasks assigned to us. ”