Proud moment for Okhla! Ghaffar Manzil-based cop grabs headlines

Proud moment for Okhla! Ghaffar Manzil-based cop grabs headlines

Ghaffar Manzil-based cop Suhaib Ahmad Farooqui, who is currently stationed as Station House Office (SHO) at South Avenue police station, needs no introduction in Okhla as during his stay at Jamia Nagar police station he build a rapport with the local residents, particularly Urdu connoisseur.

His love for the area continues as despite his transfer from Jamia Nagar he continues to stay with his family in Okhla. During his stay at the local police station and even today, he religiously attends various poetic symposia (mushaira) in Okhla and across the country.

And since India’s leading news agency IANS carried a report on the cop today his story has been carried by several national dailies headlined: Suhaib Farooqui: A policeman with poetry in his heart.

After 50 days, after losing ten kilograms of weight, after defeating Corona and wearing winter new uniform I am overwhelmed with new enthusiasm and zeal, he wrote on December 11 on his timeline.

Born in 1969 in Etawah (UP), Suhaib told IANS: “We nabbed some criminals two months ago. They were released on bail after 15-20 days. But instead of going to their homes, they came to meet me first as they liked my habits and language.”

He did his schooling from Etah in UP and Dehradun in Uttarakhand. In addition to college education from Hindu College in Moradabad, he also learnt Urdu, claimed the report.

Suhaib’s father was a junior engineer in the irrigation department. After coming to Delhi in 1993, he became a teacher in the primary school of the Municipal Corporation and in 1995 was appointed as Sub-Inspector with the Delhi Police, said the IANS report.

Suhaib started writing on the social media at the age of 40 and some of his posts get overwhelming response from Urdu lovers.

“The social media brought a significant change in my life. I started from Orkut but Facebook brought a revolution in my life. You can post anything on it without any approval from the editor,” he said, adding: “I was promoted in 2010 as Inspector. In 2015, I was posted as Additional SHO at Jamia Nagar. Being in the vicinity of Jamia Millia Islamia, I learnt a lot from there too. I met a lot of people who were experts in Urdu which helped me in improving my language. I even attended several poetic symposia, where I met late celebrated poet Rahat Indori, from whom I learnt a lot.”

One of his poems Corona se jang became quite famous during the pandemic and the OT had also reported on it.