Meet Cachar district deputy commissioner IAS Keerthi Jalli and her 2013 batchmate and district superintendent of police IPS Ramandeep Kaur — Assam’s two new heroes — who are camping in deep jungles, not just to protect Assam’s geographical boundary but ensure that peace is maintained.
Such strong is their presence on the border that chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has compared them to Goddess Durga. “I have complete trust in them and women can do the job better than anyone else…woman is another form of Devi Durga.”
“What the honourable CM has said about nari shakti, it is huge compliment and we feel proud that he has put all his trust on us. This encourages us to move forward, to perform well and do more service to the people. I want to tell everyone that we should stay behind but move ahead with patience,” Jalli said.
While Jalli was already there as the district head, Kaur was till July 26 the superintendent of police of neighbouring Hailakandi district, which also shares the border with Mizoram.
“When the firing started on July 26 and six of our policemen were killed and the Cachar SP was injured, I received a call to rush to Lailapur (Cachar district). As soon as I reached the place of the firing, I was tasked with evacuating all the martyred policemen and injured personnel,” Kaur said. Her predecessor, Nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant, was hit by a bullet from Mizoram police and is recovering in a Mumbai hospital.
Every day, the two ladies get into a bullet-proof vehicle and patrol the border beyond a reserve forest. “The day never ends,” Kaur said as she described how both would sit well past midnight deep inside the forest.
“Only two days back I was in the jungles for two days and I stopped encroachment on one side. We have established camps. It has been continuous work. If I get time, I take some rest,” she said.
“What happened that day on July 26 was unprecedented — police of one state shooting down police of another state. I did not have time to think how I felt when this huge reasonability was thrust on me and I hope I meet the expectations of the Assam government and the people of Assam.” “What the two ladies are doing, the people of Assam are proud of them. They are brave and responsible women officers,” the chief minister’s political secretary, Jayanta Malla Baruah, said.