For a father to see his son emulating him makes for a proud moment, but a retired head constable from Tumkur repents having allowed his son to join the police department.
Hanumantharayappa, who retired as a head constable, never anticipated rowdy elements attacking his son H Jayaprakash on the night of January 1. Jayaprakash, who joined the police department nine months ago, was doing his duty while on night rounds on Wednesday.
He happened to see a group of people creating ruckus at a public place. His fault was to advise them not to create a scene in the public place, thus causing inconvenience for others.
“I came to know about the attack the next morning when a TV channel flashed the news. Later, I received a phone call from my son. He did not inform us on Wednesday night because he did not want to disturb our sleep or make us spend the night without sleep,” recalled Hanumantharayappa.
According to him, policemen rushed his son to a private hospital in Tumkur on Wednesday night, but the doctors at the hospital advised them to take him to Bangalore.
“I am grateful to the police officers for arranging an ambulance to bring my son to Bangalore and admitting him to Hosmat Hospital. However, I repent having allowed my son to join the police department. My elder son Maruthi is a teacher. Jayaprakash passed PUC and is pursuing higher studies through a correspondence course. I thought he will have a bright future when he got selected for the post of a police constable, but never expected to see him on the hospital bed,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Ajith Benedict Rayan, vice-president of HOSMAT Hospital, said Jayaprakash has undergone surgery for three fractures to his left hand. “Jayaprakash can be discharged within two days, but has to undergo prolonged physiotherapy before joining the duty,” said Dr Ajith.
According to sources, the police have nabbed those who attacked Jayaprakash.