More to the exemplary deed than meets the eye

Dhaka,  Mon,  21 August 2017
Published : 11 Jul 2017, 20:26:51
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More to the exemplary deed than meets the eye

Being  absolutely focused on the job without waffling a bit to seek anyone's help, constable Parves Mia plunged into  breaking the glass windows with his baton and helped  pull out 15 souls from  what could be a  watery grave for them, writes Marksman
Human lives have become playthings, generally speaking, all over the world. On the home front, in particular, highway accidents have routinely  exacted a heavy toll on journeys during festival holidays. Against this backdrop, an ennobling tale of a single policeman   saving  lives  from a bus  fallen in a roadside ditch comes to the fore. It is an endearing input for  better  police-community relationship.

In broad strokes, the story reels off like this but its finer points weave into a composite pattern of    messages  that  better be heeded going ahead. For, we cannot let an act of extraordinary  valour  that   police constable  Parvez Mia accomplished  on Friday pass as  one-off; rather it's  worthy of  replication and renewal. 

This line of thought  commends itself in view of  the frequent recurrence of highway accidents of similar nature. This empirical knowledge coupled with the communication minister's pointer  prior to Eid that around 200 accident-prone bends  were being addressed requires a  comprehensive approach to road safety and rescue drills .Actually.all this  makes  it imperative for updating  safety manuals and logistics with trained  human resource  placed at the center of the transportation architecture.       

 Back to the story-constable Parvez Mia  was controlling traffic on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Gouripur crossing of Daudkandi upazila when a loud noise with desperate screams   rent   the air.On hearing   that a bus  skidded off the road and    half of it was  plunged in the water nearby, he  rushed to the spot reflexively retaining his  wits about  him knowing exactly what to do. Being  absolutely focused on the job without waffling a bit to   seek anyone's help, he plunged into  breaking the glass windows with his baton and helped  pull out 15 souls from  what could be a  watery grave for them. And to add an extra bit of poignancy to the incident  most of them were women and children whom he reached by swimming deep. Twenty other passengers  were,however, able to push out of the water themselves. Thus, there was a hundred per cent rescue with a few only having had minor scratches.    

Parvez  Mia in his own way improvised a technique to sort of flagging off an emergency procedure; this must be followed up on by way of retooling the safety provisions at  highway police posts ,if necessary  raising  their number  in order to extend overall coverage.

From the head teacher of a primary school to the superintendent of Comilla Highway Police to the deputy inspector-general of Highway Police we have seen an incremental string of financial rewards of TK5000,10,000 and 50,000 respectively being given to the courageous,dutiful and conscientious policeman.He may be also recommended for the President Police Medal (PPM),it is reported.

Actually,a deed like Parvez's is  so noble and ennobling that it cannot be measured in terms of money.He has set an example of  public service that his peers should strive to emulate whenever  the situation demands. And surely there will be no dearth of challenges to prove their professionalism.

There is very high value attached to human lives-"Whoever saves one life /Saves the World Entire".

But let me share with you my worldly favourite quote:"Duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself"-Oscar Wilde.     

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