Srinagar, June 11: When everyone was scared and remained confined to their homes due to the outbreak of Covid-19, a speacially-abled Jammu and Kashmir police cop in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district stood up and provided meals to Covid-19 suspects here.
Mohammad Rafeeq a resident of Bandipora who is working in police department was left disabled permanently in a mine blast in 2002.
Despite the disability, Rafeeq’s courage has not diminished and he is still doing his duty with passion.
He has been running a police canteen, inside mini-secretariat premises, which was handed over to him two years ago by the civil and police administration in Bandipora.
While talking to news agency said that eversince the coronavirus outbreak in Bandipora he has been providing meals to the people put under different quarantine centres in Bandipora health block.
“When there was outbreak of this deadly disease, everyone was scared and remained confined to their homes but my courage did not diminish and stood by the administration and volunteered to provide meals quarantine people.”
He said that when everyone was scared even to go near these people he would provide them meals without any fear of contracting the virus.
He said that he is running a police canteen for the people visiting mini-secretariat and the employees working in different departments there but due to Covid-19 outbreak he was tasked to provided meals to people put under quarantine in Bandipora.
He said that in the beginning he had to prepare food fro around 1200 people when first Covid-19 cases were detected in Bandipora and it was very hard for him to do this task but his courage didn’t diminish.
He said that people who were working in his canteen had left after the outbreak of this deadly disease and he was left alone, however, his son gave him support and they ran the canteen on their own.
Mohsin, who is the younger son of Rafeeq, helped his father in preparing the food for quarantine people and they would to these quarantine centres to give food to quarantine people and employees posted in these centres.
Mohsin said that despite his father being a disabled person he didn’t lose courage and volunteered to provide food to these people with the help of district administration.
“During these days my has not even slept properly and even in the month of Ramadhan he was busy in preparing food for the quarantine people. I am proud of my father because when everyone was running away from Covid-19 suspects he was there to provide them two time meals every day,” Mohsin said.
Rafiq said that this disease will not stay forever but what will be remembered is the role everyone played during these testing times.
He said “We wanted to serve the people who were kept in quarantine by the admin. We did as much as we could.”—(KNO)