Star sprinter Hima Das was on Friday inducted as Deputy Superintendent of Assam Police in the presence of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and described the moment as a childhood dream coming true.

Hima was handed the appointment letter by Sonowal, also a former Union Sports Minister, at a ceremony attended by the top functionaries of the state government as well as from the police department, including the Director General of police.

Assam Police’s official Twitter handle posted a video of the ceremony in which Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, DGP, Assam Police, felicitated the star sprinter. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was also present at the ceremony. “Welcome Aboard!  Heartiest Congratulations to @HimaDas8 and all 597 newly selected Sub Inspectors of Assam Police. Together, we’ll write a new saga of people friendly policing in the State, to serve the citizens of Assam,” the video was captioned.

The Assam CM tweeted, saying it is a proud day for the state and Hima Das’ appointment will encourage youth of the country 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,” Sarbananda Sonowal wrote on Twitter.  Hima Das, in her first competitive race in more than a year, bagged gold at the Indian Grand Prix II in women’s 200m event on Thursday. She clocked 23.31 seconds to finish first. 

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