Peep inside the main police station in Nalanda district’s Biharsharif town, and you’ll see a group of street children squatting on the verandah. Juvenile delinquents? No, the kotwali is just doubling up as a casual school, and the policeman standing over them is not planning some atrocity, he’s only playing teacher. The same scene is evident in some half a dozen other thanas here. Credit goes to the SP, Amit Lodha. "I was deeply impressed with Kiran Bedi’s book It’s Always Possible
," says Lodha, who nudged his men towards community work. It was with Lodha’s initiative that Sambhav was launched.
The police force in our country has often faced allegations of abuse. In fact, there happens to be a fundamental distrust between the citizenry and the cops. Lodha saw the need to bridge this gulf of suspicion. Literacy centres intended for poor children were part of his strategy to give the police a clearer community orientation. The move was also intended to humanise the force.
The SP also asked other police stations to invite intellectuals, doctors, academicians...