PARAL­YSED IN 2003, COP FI­NALLY RE­UNITED WITH BATCHMATES

Millennium Post - - City - ZA­FAR ABBAS

NEW DELHI: Sit­ting in his wheel­chair at his res­i­dence in Ker­ala, Mo­ham­mad Riyaz kept rem­i­nisc­ing about his glo­ri­ous years in Delhi Po­lice.

A po­lice­man of the 1994 batch, Riyaz had been posted as a con­sta­ble in New Friends Colony po­lice sta­tion when he met with a se­vere ac­ci­dent while com­ing to duty in South East dis­trict way back in May 2003.

The ac­ci­dent left him paral­ysed and soon he had slipped into a coma. For­tu­nately, he slowly re­gained con­scious­ness due to sus­tained treat­ment span­ning years and re­claimed lost mem­o­ries of his Delhi days.

All this time, Riyaz’s col­leagues in Delhi Po­lice re­mained in con­stant touch with him. Bound to a wheel­chair ever since he re­cov­ered, all his friends al­ways in­vited him when he ex­pressed his de­sire to visit Delhi once again.

Af­ter 15 years, Riyaz’s wish will be fi­nally ful­filled as he flew to Delhi along with his mother to meet his old friends in Delhi Po­lice.

His mates from 1994 batch funded his trip to Delhi, which cul­mi­nated in an emo­tional Di­wali re­union.

As soon as Riyaz landed at Delhi air­port, he was re­ceived by friends. ‘Souhru­dam 94’, a com­mu­nity of Malay­ali mem­bers of the 1994 Delhi Po­lice batch, or­gan­ised the re­union.

Riyaz’s eyes were moist when he fi­nally met his col­leagues af­ter such a long time.

“It was an emo­tional time for Riyaz. We were in touch with him through­out. It was a hard time for his fam­ily and him­self. We are de­lighted to meet him,” said Prakash, an As­sis­tant Sub-in­spec­tor.

The ‘Souhru­dam 94’ batch also formed a What­sapp group and keep the batchmates to­gether vir­tu­ally. One of the batchmates told Mil­len­nium Post that over the 15 years, at least nine cops from their batch passed away. But through­out this time, the group has helped the fam­i­lies of their de­ceased col­leagues. Mo­ham­mad Riyaz with his mother

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