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Police deliver essentials to lonely seniors’ doorsteps in Kolkata and satellite townships

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At a time when the entire country is under lockdown to beat the novel coronavirus, a section of elderly people, whose children stay away from them, are finding it difficult to manage groceries themselves.

On realising their situation, cops have started reaching out to the senior citizens stuck at home and helping them with daily essentials and medicines delivered at their doorsteps.

Golpark resident Chhanda Roy (77), who is suffering from severe arthritis, lives with her husband (81). The couple has been facing problems to get daily essentials in the absence of their domestic help. On Saturday, they found their medicines had finished while the online facilities were not taking orders. When they called Rabindra Sarobar police station for help, cops reached their home with the medicines in next 40 minutes. “My idea of Kolkata Police is undergoing a sea change after this incident, a reminder that they care for the senior citizens. They were very methodical and even crosschecked from the pharmaceutical stores with me when they found a certain brand of medicine was out of stock. They waited for me to speak to the doctor and arrange an alternative medicine,” she said. Another woman, who works in Mumbai, said that she was amazed when her relatives in Gariahat received unprecedented help from the police. In Bidhannagar too, cops are reaching out to elderly residents and handing essential items over to them. Retired TELCO official Anandajyoti Mukhopadhyay (83) and his wife Ranu (75), residents of Rajarhat, whose two sons stay in the US and Singapore, said they got milk, fruits and rice delivered at their doorsteps in two hours after stating their problems to the police.

 

Source: Times of India

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