Assam, Feb 27: Indian sprinter Hima Das was on Friday inducted as Deputy Superintendent (DSP) of Assam Police and referred to the moment as a childhood dream coming true.

In a ceremony organized in Guwahati, the Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal handed her the appointment letter and top functionaries of the state government as well as from the police department, including the Director-General of police attended it.

Addressing the gathering after her induction, Hima revealed that she had dreamt of becoming a police officer when she was young and therefore this was a very special moment for her.

People here know and I am not going to say anything different. Since my early school days, I harboured a wish to become a police officer one day, and my mother also wished that.

She would buy a (toy) gun during Durga Puja, my mother would tell me to work in Assam police, serve the people, and become a good person,” Das said.


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Sports has given me everything, says Hima

Hima said that she will continue to work towards the betterment of the state, but more importantly, also vowed to continue her sporting career.

I got everything due to sports, I will try to work for the betterment of sports in the state and try to make Assam one of the best performing states in the country, like Haryana.

I will diligently work for Assam police as DSP but I must say sport will never take a back seat,” she added.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, also a former Union Sports Minister, said that Hima’s appointment as DSP will motivate the youth to pursue excellence in sports.

“A proud day for Assam. Glad to ceremonially appoint ace athlete @HimaDas8 as Dy SP in @assampolice. An honour for her achievements under the Sports Policy, the appointment will further motivate youths to pursue excellence in sports,” he tweeted.

Hima became the world junior 400m champion in 2018 and has her sight now set at qualifying for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

On Thursday, she ran her first competitive race in more than a year and won gold in the women’s 200m with a time of 23.31 seconds in the Indian Grand Prix II.