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Canine cop steals the show in helping police implement Covid curbs

The reference 'Special Police Officer' (SPO) also has significance. At present, a large number of citizen volunteers, referred to as SPOs, are helping police across Pune city enforcing the lockdown.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: May 23, 2021 9:27:45 pm
The tweet received several messages expressing care and concern for Raja. (Twitter: @CPPuneCity)

A ‘special police officer’ (SPO), currently accompanying the Pune City Police throughout the lockdown at the Balgandharva checkpoint here, has caught people’s attention. With the city cops leaving no stone unturned to implement the Covid-19 restrictions, ‘tailed SPO’ Raja has emerged as their perfect assistant.

The Pune City Police on Saturday tweeted a photo of Raja, the dog, who has been accompanying the on-duty cops at the Balgandharva checkpoint on Jangali Maharaj Road.

“An ode to our Special Police Officer: Raja, the three legged dog at the Balgandharva Nakabandi – a vigilant companion and a true friend who has been with our Officers, throughout the lockdown!” said the tweet.

The tweet received several messages, expressing care and concern for Raja. Replying to a tweet asking about the well-being and offering treats for Raja, the Pune Police tweeted, “Heart-whelming to see so much love and concern for Raja. Looking at the sentiment, the whole team went to check he is being fed & taken care of. We want you to ‘STAY AT HOME’ as of now. Till then, be assured we are taking good care of Raja.”

A policeman from the Balgandharva police checkpoint said, “Raja has been accompanying us for a long time and has become like our team member. He has lost his leg a long time ago. All of us here share our tiffin with him and at times, dog lovers also offer him treats. It’s good to have a companion like this during our long duty hours.”

The reference SPO also has a special significance. At present, a large number of citizen volunteers, known as SPOs, are helping the police across the city to ensure strict implementation of lockdown measures. At least 20 SPOs assist teams from each police station in Pune.

A major chunk of the police personnel from all jurisdictions across Maharashtra is currently deployed on ground to implement the curbs the state announced to check the surge in Covid-19 cases.

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With Pune City and surrounding areas reporting some of the highest numbers in the country for a long time, the police force have been at a higher risk of infections as they have continued doing their pandemic-related duties in addition to routine work.

From over a month, the Pune Police have started tweeting under various heads, capturing the lighter and candid moments from Covid-related deployment. One interesting series of tweets has been about funny excuses that people give to justify their movement during lockdown.

The other series of tweets carried photos titled ‘Through the Barricade – A slice of life’, which captured moments from the lockdown, and ‘Good Morning Pune’ that featured police personnel on duty in the early hours of the day.

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