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Photo of policeman pleading with repeat traffic offender goes viral

The photo of an Andhra Pradesh policeman with his hands folded in front of a man on a bike with four of his family members has gone viral

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Updated: October 11, 2017 3:47 am
The photo of Circle Inspector B Shubh Kumar (L) of Anantapur’s Madakasira Circle that has gone viral

The photo of a policeman standing with his hands folded in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district in front of a man on a motorcycle with four of his family members riding pillion went viral on Tuesday.

The incident happened when Circle Inspector B Shubh Kumar of Anantapur’s Madakasira Circle, who was going to work, saw the man, K Hanumantharayudu, on a bike with his two sons sitting on the fuel tank, his wife behind him and a relative on edge of the seat.

“I had just finished an one-and-half hour programme on road safety awareness in which that man was also present. My mind went blank when I saw the five of them riding so dangerously and all I could do was fold my hands in total resignation, helplessness and frustration. I asked him to think of the safety of his family as he did not have minimum sense of responsibility towards them. As the two kids were sitting on the fuel tank, he had little room to manouevre because their legs were stuck to the handlebar. Accidents happen like that only. When I confronted him, he just smiled back at me and murmured something,’’ Shubh Kumar said.

However, the policeman said the person was a repeat offender and he had warned him many times before. “He also did not wear a helmet and none of his family members too had one. This also puts others on the road at risk. He was totally unconcerned about the danger,” said a fuming Kumar, who along with five sub-inspectors have been conducting road safety programmes in the Madakasira area.

“This is a remote area and traffic awareness among people is very low. We have been conducting such programmes for the past four months by showing videos of road safety, importance of wearing helmets, perils of overloading, how accidents happen etc. We also show interviews of family members who have lost their loved ones in accidents and how their lives have changed. But some people just don’t care. It is frustrating sometimes,” he said.

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        Lucian DSilva
        Oct 11, 2017 at 12:04 pm
        Mr. Din ! What is this sir? What you are writing? WAke up now, don't practice protectism. Give right advise to BRING us out of this state of affairs. Otherwise such at ude is nothing else then yet another Nautanki (Drama) plays which is common now-a-days leaders.
        1. M
          Oct 11, 2017 at 8:37 am
          lack of public transport is invisible to VIP as they travel by air
          1. V
            Oct 10, 2017 at 11:07 pm
            Thank you, dear Inspector for doing your job and putting some safety sense into heads of these fools. Hopefully, some others will learn too.
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