Sixty-year-old Nathu Singh retired on June 30 from Delhi Police. His retirement came with an honour, as he served the force with pride and dedication despite getting paralysed in his right leg in an accident that took place 30 years ago, while he was on duty.
Singh says that in the many years of his service, he never felt like a physically challenged person. Posted at Tughlak Road police station as a record room operator, he has witnessed many cases under the jurisdiction of this police station, including the assassination of Indira Gandhi, attack on an Israel embassy diplomat, the death of Union minister Gopinath Munde, protests around 7RCR over the December 16 gangrape and AAP workers’ daily struggle with the police and detention at the police station.
“I have seen a lot of things in my service but never felt I was helpless. With the help of these two crutches, I have done my duty without any hesitation but now I want to relax and want to spend the next course of my life with my grandson,” said Nathu Singh, while sharing his thoughts on his retirement ceremony that was held at Tughlak Road Police station.
“I remember each and every case that happened during my stint. But what I remember most was the death of Union minister Gopinath Munde. The mediapersons remained stationed outside the police station and they kept asking us for updates,” said Singh, adding that during the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, he was bedridden as he had met with an accident.
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“I was on night patrol from Taj Hotel to Aurbindo Chowk when a car hit me and ran over my leg, fracturing it in multiple places. Two rods were inserted in it but it has never recovered to what it was like earlier. Doctors told me it won’t bend. And from then, these crutches have been my best friends,” said Singh.