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Call of duty: ‘Skipping Diwali to serve is an honour’

Chandigarh Newsline takes a look at a few of the men and women in uniform who will keep a watch over the Tricity this Diwali.

Diwali is the time when family and friends get together to celebrate the festival of lights. But when lamps are being lit and sweets exchanged, there are quite a few persons out there who do not have the same luxury. Chandigarh Newsline takes a look at a few of the men and women in uniform who will keep a watch over the Tricity this Diwali.

Doctors
Every year, hospitals in the city deal with a number of cases of burns due to firecrackers. Last year, over 175 cases of burns were reported in government hospitals.

Dr Sanjeev Sharma, an eye surgeon in the GMSH Sector16 hospital, says that he is happy to be part of the team on duty at the hospital during Diwali.
“I am pleased that I have got the opportunity to deal with patients tomorrow. To help people is the real celebration for me,” said Dr. Sharma. He says he was assigned the same task five years ago, and this year again he has been posted, for which he is “thankful to the administration.”
Dr Sharma’s duty will start at 8 pm and continue through the night.

Fire Service
Missing out the first Diwali of his new born son is fireman Nitin who will keep vigil in Sector 22. He has been on Diwali duty for the last five years.
As many as 270 firemen are working on Diwali night. Over 12 fire tenders have been kept ready for the day.

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“For the last five years, I have not been celebrating Diwali with my family. Although I did feel a bit bad as it is the first Diwali of my son who was born this year. It is my job to keep everyone safe,” said Nitin.

“Initially my elder son, who is five years old, would ask my wife as to why I am not around on any of the Diwalis. But today, even when his friends ask, he is proud to say that his father is keeping everybody’s Diwali safe,” added Nitin.

Sector 22 is one of the sensitive zones identified by the Fire department of the Municipal Corporation.

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Police
Inspector Harjeet Kaur will be on duty in plainclothes at the special ‘nakas’, which have been set up at all entry and exit points of the city. Harjeet will be away from her family, but like a true professional she has no regrets. She has not had a Diwali night with her family for the last four years.

First published on: 11-11-2015 at 01:31:55 am
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