As the world grapples with the ongoing pandemic, police personnel across the world are going out of their way to ensure the safety of the citizens. In India, the local police are coming up with their own innovative and quirky ways to spread awareness and cheer. The law enforcement can be seen upping their social media game by using pop culture references in their awareness campaigns. Various videos and stories have also surfaced where the Indian police can be seen indulging in quirky ways to raise awareness and encourage people to stay inside. It would be fair to say that the Indian police have left no stones unturned – dancing, singing, acting, they have done it all!
Here are 6 instances of creativity by the Indian police that are sure to brighten your day.
- In a bid to spread awareness, Chennai cops were spotted donning the famous ‘Corona helmet’. This helmet was popularized by the Tamil Nadu Police Inspector Rajesh Babu and is the brainchild of the artist, Gowtham. The helmet is covered with red spikes and bulbs on the end which resembles the microscopic image of the virus.
- In another instance, an Andhra Pradesh cop was seen riding a horse to spread awareness. Painted with red dots and spikes, the horse turned heads as it trotted down the streets. An initiative by sub-inspector Maruthi Shanker, the horse was painted with an aim to raise awareness about the virus and the speed with which it spreads.
- While in Chhattisgarh, the police used a bizarre technique to make people adhere to the lockdown norms. In a hilarious video widely circulated on TikTok and Facebook, the Bilaspur police can be seen conducting an aarti of the people who were out on the streets, violating lockdown rules. The cops showered the violators with flowers and even put a tilak on their forehead.
- In a video that has gone viral and has gained much praise from netizens, the Kerala police can be seen dancing to the tunes of the hit song Kalakkatha from the film Ayyappanum Koshiyum in a bid to spread awareness about hand hygiene. Six cops can be seen shaking their legs while demonstrating the steps to wash hands properly to prevent the spread of the virus.
- The Andhra Pradesh police took quirkiness to another level and brought in Yamaraj himself. In a video which has now gone viral, you can see a man dressed as the Hindu god of death seated on the bonnet of a police car. The idea to use theatre artistes to drive awareness was the brainchild of local Circle Inspector Sudhakar Reddy.
- After the hit ‘corona helmet”, the Chhattisgarh police decided to up their game and two cops were seen wearing red corona themed bodysuits. They called themselves the ‘corona demons’ and took to scaring and schooling the lockdown violators.