Fort Kochi: “If it was in my country, I should have fled from the spot taking life in my hands. Can’t even trust police there…especially during nights. Thanks to Kerala Police.”
Mexican native Tania Cantiani narrated her experience of being saved by a tourist police official when she got stranded alone at the Fort Kochi beach the other day early morning. The officer drove her on his bike, safely to the hotel which neither of them didn’t know the location of.
Tania reached Kochi to exhibit her creation at the Kochi Muziris Biennale. She explained her exemplary experience with Kerala Police when she met the former DGP Hormis Tharakan at the biennale.
On Sunday early morning, Tania returned to hotel from Aspin Wall after her biennale programme and was lost midway. She finally reached Fort Kochi beach. It was around 2am. Her mobile phone had gone dead and was unable to contact anyone. And she didn’t know where her hotel was situated. Tania was all alone at the beach, frightened and shivering.
It was then, tourist police officer P S Raghu came by on his bike. Even though he introduced himself to her as a police official, she didn’t believe him at first. To convince her, Raghu showed her the walkie-talkie. Partially convinced, Tania got on his bike. They both moved around Fort Kochi in search of her hotel. Finally, they located her hotel at Mattancherry and she was dropped safely. Raghu left the place leaving his phone number.
Tania said that if it was in her country, the incident would have turned to be something else.
Hormis Tharakan further shared the news in a WhatsApp group of IPS officers with a title that read 'Kerala Police can be proud of this policeman'. Following that, many called and messaged Raghu to extend their appreciations.
Kochi Range IG Vijay Sakhare handed him a cash award and a letter of appreciation. Raghu also won a Good Service Entry.
Raghu, native of Paravoor, has been working at Fort Kochi Tourist police for last 4 years.