How a cop and a school built a shelter for a poor family

How a cop and a school built a shelter for a poor family
Elathoor SI T V Dhananjay (2nd from R) in front late Sunil Kumar's house which is under construction.

Kozhikode: Local police and a school joined hands to build a house for a poor family at Thalakulam. The head of the family - Sunil Kumar - had died last year, leaving behind his wife and three children and a house which was still under construction.

Elathoor SI T V Dhananjaya Das was entrusted to investigate Sunil's death. He saw up close the plight of the bereaved family as he arrived at the half-built house as part of the probe. He was hurt by the state of the family and he really wanted to help his family in finishing the house construction.

Meanwhile, the students and authorities of the CMM Higher Secondary School also realised the condition of the poor family as they arrived for Sunil's funeral.

A joint drive to help the family took off fortuitously after the same school officials reached Elathoor police station as part of the preparations for an anti-narcotics awareness session at the CMM School. As school head P Muhammed Shafeen and his team talked to police officers, they recalled the case of late Sunil Kumar and his family. Both parties wanted to somehow to finish his house. To make it a reality both joined hands along with the school students.

The construction of the house began a month and a half ago. With the help from NSS, they went all around the place asking for donation to build a house for the bereaved family.

Panchyath member P P Subhashini, school teacher Harish Kumar, PTA president N K Abdul Sathaar and principal S B Fathima Hanna Hagar were involved in the donation drive. However, SI Dhananjaya Das played the crucial role in kickstarting and completing the campaign fast.

The pending construction of the house was completed within 45 days after necessary funds were mobilised.

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