Policeman documents story of good samaritan

Pranita Roy
Thursday, 11 October 2018

Raju, a resident of Shivajinagar, is known for his good deeds among policemen and locals. Spontaneous, alert and helpful are adjectives used by Sartape to describe him. 

PUNE: Inspirational and thankless story of a saviour filmed by a policeman, has been nominated for Newark International Film Festival (IFF) 2018. Police Inspector from Maharashtra Intelligence Academy, Maheshkumar Sartape documented a 23 minutes film ‘Raju: the life saviour’ based on Rajesh Kachi alias Raju, a 45-year-old, who for past 22 years has been saving hundreds of lives.

Raju, a resident of Shivajinagar, is known for his good deeds among policemen and locals. Spontaneous, alert and helpful are adjectives used by Sartape to describe him. 

Raju says that he feels happy to save people’s life. He has fished out over 200 decomposed bodies for policemen from the river and saved hundreds of people who tried to commit suicide by jumping into the river. “As a return gift to what contribution, Raju has given in service to policemen, I felt his story should be documented and told,” said Sartape.

Sartape quoted two recent incidents one in which a 26-year-old female doctor died of throat-slit because of a manjha on the Bhosari flyover. She fell on the road for 25 minutes until she received help. While, only a freelancer came to help the injured man who suffered severe injuries after the hoarding fell on a rickshaw and motorcycles standing near the Juna Bazaar signal and rushed him to hospital. “Many turn blind eye to fatal accidents fearing that they will get involved in police interrogation and hospital work etc. Raju has never turned his back to any such road accidents or incidents which calls for help,” said Sartape

Recalling an incident which took place near district court, Shivajinagar, when a father and daughter duo were travelling on a two-wheeler vehicle which rammed under a public bus. “The passengers in the bus and driver ran away leaving the two in a pool of blood. When Raju noticed them, he immediately rushed both of them to the hospital. The girl survived, though the father died after a couple of days,” Sartape said.

The girl is featured in the documentary film and many such survivors are also part of the film. 

Sartape has made several documents on traffic rules. He had also brought Yamraj on the roads to curb phone on wheels mania. He is now busy with his upcoming film called U-turn which highlights facts about city and rural places. His team included Bobby Adhale, assistant director, Tushar Sakpal, editor, Milind Phadnis, cameraman and Vishwas Sutar, Dialogue.

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