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This child is a police informer
Published on 16 Feb. 2011 11:41 PM IST
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12-yr-old boy who attends school for special kids helps cops catch criminals by reporting people whose behaviour he finds suspicious.
Three days ago, 12-year-old Sonu Balu Gaikwad tipped off policemen at Laxmi Nagar police chowky, Dattawadi, about two men lurking near the Bank of Baroda in Sahakarnagar.
After the police nabbed the duo near the bank, it was learnt that they were members of the Ghayval gang and were planning a heist that night. “They were later externed from the area for a year,” said Police Havaldar B R Dagade of Laxmi Nagar police chowky.
And this is not the first time that Gaikwad helped the police nab criminals.
The boy, who has learning difficulties and attends a special school, spends most of his hours after school inside the police chowky. “Gaikwad has saved an injured person lying on the road in a hit-and-run case. Because of him we managed to take the injured man to a private hospital and got him immediate medical aid,” said Dagade.
Gaikwad has been spending time at the Laxmi Nagar police for the past six months and has changed the life of the entire staff.
“We have skeleton staff in the office and many times we have to attend crime or accident (spot) in our jurisdiction. We depend on Gaikwad to attend to the people visiting the chowky,” said Police Constable R D Karle.
PSI Saurabhi Mane, who heads the chowky, said that Gaikwad has made the atmosphere in the police chowky tension-free. Gaikwad’s father Balu said the boy did not like to go home after school. “He is happy in the company of police,” Balu said with a chuckle. “Surprisingly, policemen respect me because I am Sonu’s father.”
Gaikwad was rewarded by the Laxmi Nagar police yesterday. Dagade gifted him a pair of jeans and a T-shirt.
“We are investing some money for his LIC policy to ensure his safe and secure future,” said Mane. “We are contributing the money and working on a policy that will most suit him.”

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