This cop travelled 420 km on his bike to deliver medicines to a cancer patient amid coronavirus lockdown

By Think Change India|17th Apr 2020
H. Kumaraswamy, a head constable in Bengaluru, travelled to Dharwad despite the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, to help a cancer patient.
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The coronavirus pandemic has taken the world by a storm. People across India and the world are staying indoors to protect themselves from contracting the virus.


In India, the number of cases is rising by the day. The government has extended the nationwide lockdown till May 3 to contain the outbreak.


However, many individuals and NGOs are risking their lives and reaching out to those without food and shelter and the ones affected by coronavirus pandemic, despite the lockdown.


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H. Kumaraswamy (left) and Umesh (right) in Dharwad (Image: The Telegraph India)

Here is a man who travelled from Bengaluru to Dharwad to help a patient suffering from cancer. H. Kumaraswamy, 47, a head constable in Bengaluru, travelled 420 km on his two-wheeler to deliver medicines to the patient.


It was through a local media channel that Kumaraswamy learnt that this patient was in distress and required medicines. The patient usually got his medicines by courier from a hospital which specialises in alternative medicine, in Bengaluru.


Kumaraswamy headed to the news channel’s office and obtained the details of the patient, Umesh, a father of two school-going children. He then went to the hospital to collect the medicines that Umesh had ordered and set out for Dharwad at 4.30 am on Saturday. He rode on his Honda Activa for the next 420 km.


“I stopped at six police checkpoints to explain why I was travelling. Although I am a policeman, I had to explain the reason for my travel,” he told The Telegraph India.


He reached the patient’s house at 2.30 pm. After spending about two hours with the patient, he started for Bengaluru by about 4.30 pm. Post a stopover at Chitradurga overnight, he reached his destination at 10.30 am the next day.





The patient Umesh told The Telegraph India, “I was worried as my medicines were running out and no one from my family could travel to Bengaluru because of the lockdown. I felt sorry for Kumaraswamy as he had to cover such a long distance to deliver my medicines.”


Kumaraswamy has been in the police force for 22 years and is currently posted at the control room of the city police commissioner’s office. He has a son who is currently studying in grade XII.


“Umesh’s ayurvedic medicines got over on Friday night. I’m happy that I could deliver the medicines right on time,” Kumaraswamy told Deccan Herald.


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Edited by Javed Gaihlot

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