This correspondence News | Doctor in Khaki: Meet the Assam Cop who is Winning hearts

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GUWAHATI: Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu was once proud of a young Assam Police officer who has been performing the dual duties of a corona warrior — a police officer and a doctor. Meet, Barpeta Superintendent of Police (SP) Robin Kumar, who has determined to go out of the way in adding muscles in the fight against the pandemic.

Barpeta is in lower Assam and situated around 100 km from the capital city of Guwahati. The district has been hit badly with the coronavirus recently.

Thanks to his medical background that Kumar has been now acting as a health care officer also by treating people throughout the coronavirus pandemic while donning the khaki uniform. A 2013 batch IPS officer, Kumar is a specialist in medicine (MBBS, MD).

The Vice President wrote: “This is a great gesture of service. My appreciation to Shri Robin Kumar, Barpeta District SP in Assam for performing the dual role of a doctor & police officer to fight COVID-19 pandemic.”

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal retweeted the VP’s tweet.

In response, Kumar wrote: “Hon’ Vice President Sir @VPSecretariat, am really humbled by your type words of appreciation. Folded hands @assampolice is in the leading edge battling #COVID_19, as part of Team Assam led by the Hon’ @CMOfficeAssam Guided by @DGPAssamPolice we strive to serve the people selflessly.”

The Indian Police Foundation, an independent, multidisciplinary think tank, not a part of police also hailed Kumar’s service. “IPF greets Robin Kumar MBBS MD, SP Barpeta Assam who isn’t just performing duties as District Police Chief but could also be treating covid19 patients while still donning his khakhi uniform! Runs a 50 bedded corona care hospital in the police reserve itself, total with 5 ICU beds,” it said in a tweet.

Along with his duty as Barpeta district police chief, Kumar has been also running a 50-bedded COVID care centre with five ICUs in Barpeta Police Reserve for police personnel and their families.

Assam police also joined the bandwagon and tweeted: “Going beyond the call of duty, Shri Robin Kumar, IPS, SP @Barpeta_Police has made all of us proud. We are certain his selfless service in these testing times will surely inspire others to emulate him.”

Kumar reacted, “It feels great and fortune to serve in any such position in these trying times.”

The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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