GUWAHATI: When home guard Borsing Bey seized a consignment of drugs worth Rs12 crore by turning down a huge bribe amount in Assam’s Karbi Anglong recently, little did he know that his honesty would pay rich dividends and fulfil his dream of becoming a policeman.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, on the occasion of ‘International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’ on Saturday, honoured Bey by appointing him as a police constable for his honesty. Bey had failed to pass the Assam police recruitment test thrice earlier. “We all know how much salary home guards get. But Borsing Bey displayed exemplary guts and honesty to refuse a huge amount of bribe and went ahead to seize the drugs,” Sarma said at Bey’s felicitation and appointment ceremony.
Bey, who gets a monthly salary of Rs 9,000 as a home guard, said: “On June 21, when I was checking a bus, I found the drugs concealed inside the engine compartment. They (carriers) offered me a huge bribe but I did not want to put a blot on my uniform. Ignoring the money on offer, I seized the drugs.”
He added, “If you do your duty honestly, you are bound to achieve your goals.” Bey’s appointment as a regular constable in Assam police was cleared by the cabinet and the government decided to ceremonially hand over the appointment letter to him with a view to sending a positive message to society.
Stating that society has a moral duty to safeguard the younger generation from the menace of drugs, Sarma said the present state government, after coming back to office, continued its unrelenting fight against drugs dealers. He added that due to zero-tolerance attitude adopted by the government, drugs worth Rs 35 crore were seized from different parts of Assam in the last 45 days.
The CM further said that Assam was earlier used as a transit route by drugs dealers, but in course of time, a big market was gradually developing (in the state). “That is why the Assam government has given top priority to weed out the menace of drugs from the state so that the new generation could be saved from its ill effects,” he added.