When Kolkata Police set up a social media cell, it did not foresee that the initiative would help save a life more than 1,000km away.
Sub-inspector Abhijit Dutta and constable Kokhon Ghosh spent over 40 minutes in anxiety after they received an alert from the US and informed Guwahati Police even as they watched a woman tying a knot from the fan of her bedroom and putting the noose around her neck.
It was, however, in the nick of time that the Guwahati rural police reached the spot and saved the woman. Later, her grateful husband spoke to the cyber cell officers and said he would visit Kolkata soon to meet them.
“The cyber police station received an email from Facebook authority of the US at 12.50am on Wednesday that a Facebook user had uploaded a video on her profile wherein it was clear she was trying to commit suicide. The Facebook authority also provided the access logs, registered phone number and name of the city,” said a senior officer at Lalbazar.
Twice earlier, at Kolkata’s Picnic Garden and at Bishnupur in South 24 Parganas, the cyber cell helped save lives, making this a nodal agency for the US giant, claimed police sources.
Based upon the information from Facebook, enquiry was initiated and it transpired that the lady is a resident of Capital Campus, around 25km from the main Guwahati city. “Accordingly, we contacted the Changsari police station. It took a few calls to connect and a precious few moments were lost. But the Assam police team acted immediately on getting our SOS,” said the officer.
The Assam police rushed to the spot and rescued the lady a whisker from death. “We came to know she is suffering from mental trauma due to a personal issue. However, after due persuasion and counselling by both Kolkata and Assam police personnel, the lady was rescued and admitted to hospital. Her husband rushed to the hospital. After treatment, she is in a stable condition,” said an IPS officer at Lalbazar.
Source: Times of India