BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The helpline rang at the Kolkata Police headquarters at around 12.30 am on Friday. The person on the other side was frantically requesting the police to save his niece from committing suicide. The man, who identified himself as an advocate from Bansdroni, told the police that his 22-year-old niece was about to commit suicide at Rabindra Sarovar Lake.
The police officer at Lalbazar wasted no time in calling up the Lake Police Station under whose jurisdiction the incident was reported. Soon, the officer-in-charge of the Lake Police Station, Jayanta Mukherjee, swung into action with his team. Two officers tracked her location through her mobile phone while a six-member team led by Mukherjee left for the spot.
From the cellphone data, the cops learnt that the girl was in the Rabindra Sarovar area. They called her continuously but she did not take the calls. At last, she answered. The officer asked her not to take any drastic steps and engaged her in a conversation. This strategy was to get the girl on the phone as long as possible. In the meantime, other cops reached the area and rescued the girl.
The cops brought her to the police station and started counselling her. They came to know that the girl was going through a family turmoil for quite some time and had a heated argument with her uncle that very day. She left her Bansdroni home and threatened to commit suicide.
The girl was later handed over to the family. A few days back, a youth from Garfa was saved after police got a call from one of his friends.