Newly appointed city police commissioner B G Jyothi Prakash Mirji played good Samaritan on Saturday by taking around 500 private school children and slum-dwellers to watch Royal Challengers Bangalore locking horns with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan's Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL T20 match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Private school teacher Elizabeth Robert said she was happy to witness the match along with her students. "We were intimated on Friday. Our school management contacted me and directed me to take the students to Saturday's IPL match," she said.
For Juanita Solomon, a class 9 student, the occasion was a memorable one. "I am a hardcore fan of Daniel Vettori. But to my sadness, after coming here I learnt that he flew back to his country following injury. However I will enjoy the match," she said, adding, "I am a cricket player and was selected to under 16 state team, but could not play the matches."
Speaking to the media, commissioner Jyothi Prakash Mirji said, "Everybody thinks it is a luxury to watch a cricket match in the stadium. Our department decided to take these underprivileged children to the stadium to witness the IPL match." According to him, 350 tickets were bought by the police department while the rest were sponsored by a private firm.