All SSC examinees were in the exam centre by then. They were about to start one of the important public examinations of their life. But this was not the case for a female candidate. She was screaming outside the Annada Government High School centre in Brahmanbaria town after she discovered that she had mistakenly landed in a wrong exam centre.
When the onlookers remained mute spectators and did not know what to do, a policeman came along. He took the girl to his motorbike and travelled around two kilometres to help her find the exam centre -- Niaz Mohammad High School.
Finally, the girl, a student of Ulchapara Maleka Saheb Ali High School in Brahmanbaria Sadar upazila, could appear in the exam.
When police often hit the newspaper headlines for all the negative reasons, ASI Shariful Islam of traffic police has set a glaring example for other members of the force, showing how to act beyond the call of duty.
Hailing from Terokhada of Khulna, Shariful, 37, joined police in 2001 as a constable. He was posted to Brahmanbaria around two years back.
While talking to The Daily Star, Shariful said he had noticed a gathering of people centring around a crying girl. After coming to know about the gravity of the issue, he decided to help the girl find her exam centre. Shariful also showed his generosity saying a teacher of the school also requested him to help the girl.
Meanwhile, the incident went viral after one Mehedi Hasan Shawon, a student of Brahmanbaria Government College, posted it on Facebook. Everybody was showering the ASI with praises.
Traffic Inspector of Brahmanbaria Mujibur Rahman said Shariful has done a commendable job.
This type of act will enhance the image of police, he said.