The Kerala Police may be at the receiving end of unprecedented media and political criticism but on Tuesday a seven-year-old girl here was witness to another face of the same police force.

Anjali, a Class III student suffering from an acute cardiac complaint, received a cheque for Rs.30,000 collected by the local police for her treatment.

Janamaithri Suraksha Project

“It was as part of our beat that we visited the house of Vinod of Edattu House, Keezhukkunnu, a daily wage earner,” said Bejoy C. Mathewi, one of the beat officers in charge of the area as part of the Janamaithri Suraksha Project. Along with Cheleela, the woman constable, he was talking to the members of the family when they came across the health condition of the seven-year-old Anjali.

Vinod’s daughter is suffering from a cardiac problem and has been undergoing treatment at the Kottayam Medical College Hospital. She needed a surgery which would cost them Rs.60,000. “They had already secured half the amount,” said Mr. Mathew.

The police then decided to try their hand at helping the family and collected the amount from among themselves and few well-wishers.

The amount was handed over to the child by retired District Superintendent of Police Vasudeva Menon here on Tuesday. District Superintendent of Police P.G. Ashok Kumar, Deputy SP, P.K. Madhu and others were also present.

The Janamaithri Suraksha Project is being implemented in Kottayam, Pala and Vaikom municipal areas in the district.

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