COVID-19:Traffic constable postpones marriage, says duty first

Baripada: Duty first and everything comes after that. This has been followed by a dutiful traffic constable posted at district headquarters here in Mayurbhanj district.
The traffic constable, Sudip Kumar Mohanty, has postponed his marriage till the lockdown is over. Sudip’s marriage was fixed with a staff nurse who is working in Raghunath Murmu Medical College and hospital here in February. But, Sudip decided to postponed the marriage as the nationwide lockdown effective till May 3. He said marriage can happen later, but duty comes first.
The betrothal ceremony was due on 17 last month and the marriage would have been solemnized on April 26. But, Sudip considered duty as the uppermost. He said it is the time to serve the people at this juncture than to tie nuptial knot.
Sudip’s decision to postponed his marriage and dedicate himself to the duty during the health emergency in view of COVID-19 pandemic has earned him accolades from different quarters including the higher officials.
Worthwhile to mention that Sudip’s photo had gone viral on social media last year in September due to his benevolent act of helping a differently abled lady to cross over the busy traffic on National Highway no 18 at Takatpur square here.
The Takatpur intersection here is one of the busiest sections of the highway as heavy vehicles whizz past on most of the day. Sudip said he could notice that the divyang lady was trying her best to cross over the street, but could not due to heavy rush. Immediately, he halted traffic and helped the lady to overcome the traffic by holding her hands, Sudip added. He said it is the duty of a policeman to help the people.

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