Iritty: Bookworms in Iritty who couldn’t locate S Hareesh’s ‘Meesa’ or Binoy Thomas’s ‘Karikkottakkari’ at the local book store or library can now head to the police station instead. Similarly, classics including M Mukundan’s ‘Mayyazhipuzhayude theerangalil’, M T Vasudevan Nair’s ‘Randamoozham’, O V Vijayan’s ‘Kadaltheeram’, M P Narayan Pillai’s ‘Parinamam’, Kakkanadan’s ‘Ushnamekhala’ and Jeyamohan’s ‘Ezham Lokam’ are among the books available at a new library opened at Iritty police station.
The idea for setting up a library at the police station was suggested by Circle Inspector Rajeevan Valiyavalappil. The library materialised when Sub Inspector P M Sunil Kumar and other officers at the station took the necessary steps. The temporary charge of the library has been given to ASI Reji Scaria.
There are around 500 books in the library and they have been contributed by police personnel who are also avid readers.
Other noted volumes in the library include spiritual literature by Nityachaitanya Yati and Sukumar Azhikode as well as police diaries like Siby Mathew’s ‘Nirbhayam’ and ‘Sravukalkoppam Neendam’ by Jacob Thomas. Other prominent works include ‘Aadujeevitham’ by Benyamin and ‘Araachar’ by K R Meera also.
The selection has been carefully made by discerning readers among the cops. No attempt has been made to fill the shelves with school textbooks.
However, people having the habit of lifting books from libraries beware! They should remember that this library is in a police station and the room next to it is the lock-up.
The library was inaugurated by DySP Prajeesh Thottathil, while the first reader was Unmesham Payam.