The Ramavarmapuram Police Academy ground witnessed a historic moment on July 31 during the passing-out parade of the first women’s battalion of the Kerala Police. For the first time, a woman drove the open jeep from which chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan took the salute.
T Saseendra, the main driving instructor at the police academy, became the first woman in Kerala to have the rare opportunity to drive a chief minister during the passing-out ceremony. Earlier, Saseendra was behind the wheels of the open salute jeeps when Ramesh Chennithala and Aryadan Muhammed were the ministers.
When the women’s helpline was launched in Thrissur, B Sandhya, the then-DIG, had entrusted Saseendra with the responsibility of driving its vehicle. Currently, Saseendra is the only woman in a group of 14 driving instructors at the police academy.
Saseendra was posted at the academy on deputation. However, DIG Anoop Kuruvila had appointed her as a trainer here when he came to know that Saseendra was a driving instructor too. R Nishantini, the commandant of the all-female battalion, had also taken the salute at the parade. In all, 578 members of the women’s battalion who had completed the training were commissioned into the Kerala police force. Of them, 44 have been trained as commandos.
Saseendra’s husband Jayan runs a driving school named Comrade at Cherpu in Thrissur district. Before joining the Kerala police, Saseendra too was an instructor here. The couple has a daughter named Anagha.