Mumbai, Nov 11 (UNI) They often have been the butt of many a joke and complaints but for a change, 1,800 of the city's cops from six police stations will receive as a 'Diwali gift' a T-shirt and a shirt each from Uttam Jain, a 47-year old businessman from Kalbadevi in South Mumbai, in acknowledgement for maintaining a peaceful atmosphere in the Metropolis during the festivities.
The policemen seem to be Uttam's lucky charm. He recently sold off a 50,000 square metre property in his hometown of Bijapur in Rajasthan, for an undisclosed amount. He had brought the property eight years back from a cop . To top it off, he then won a lottery.
''I thought of sharing my joy with Mumbai's policemen and think they're doing a good job inspite of being constantly criticised'', says Uttam.
The businessman claims he had got permission from Police Commissioner D N Jadhav to hand over the gifts on November 12 to the entire staff of L T Marg, Pydhonie, D B Marg, Azad Maidan, Gamdevi and V P Road police stations. Uttam's largesse would also extend to the offices of ACPs and DCPs of Zone I and II and the Commissioner's staff.
Uttam says,''The police fraternity indeed work hard for small salaries''.
And why only these 'chosen six' stations? Uttam's business partner Babulal Jain takes over saying ''Our NGO 'Rangeela Rajasthan Sanskrutik Mandal' decided on the six stations because of the large number of Rajasthanis under their jurisdiction''.
He said policemen provide us protection. ''Therefore, as a tribute to their good work, we have decided to present these gifts to them'', Babulal added.