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Thane Police turn police canteen into ‘community kitchen’ to feed needy in lockdown


Amar Ashok Jajoo | Apr 11, 2020 15:40

Thane Police has been preparing food at the police canteen and distributing them to the needy ever since the lockdown was imposed on March 24.
Police personnel helping a poor man

Police personnel all over the country are leaving no stone unturned to ensure effective implementation of lockdown imposed to curb of coronavirus. What’s heartening is that apart from doing their usual duties, police personnel are also make sure that the people hit by lockdown are helped in a timely manner.

Thane Police, as part of its massive drive to help the people affected by lockdown, has been preparing food at the police canteen and distributing them to the needy ever since the lockdown was imposed on March 24.

Police personnel helping a poor man

Speaking to Nation Next, Dr Suresh Kumar Mekala, Joint Commissioner of Police, Thane, said, “After the lockdown was implemented, beggars, homeless and the poor, who would get food from people and eateries, were left with no means to get food. Even migrant labourers struggled to have a meal a day.

With an intention to help these people we started making food at our canteen. Gradually many individuals and social workers came forward to help. What started as a drive from our canteen soon spread to more than 30 police stations of Thane.”

Police personnel helping a poor man

Dr Mekala informed that police personnel across police station in Thane apart from fulfilling their duties to ensure effective implementation of lockdown also go to various areas of the city to distribute food to the needy every day. Even in the tribal areas in the outskirts of Thane, police personnel are distributing food to the needy.

Dr Mekala apart from being a crucial part of this drive by Thane Police has also started his own drive to feed stray dogs and save them from starvation. As part of the drive, more than 150 stray dogs in Thane are being fed every day.