In mock drill, Bangalore police bare basic instinct
DNA Correspondent Bangalore
A well-disguised drill held by the police in the media’s presence on Saturday went well enough to make its point, but unwittingly also confirmed the unflattering impression most people have about cops.One Bhagyashree came to the police commissioner’s office to meet additional commissioner of police (law and order) T Suneel Kumar in the morning. Two strangers asked her to first remove her jewellery since the police official might not approve of it. Convinced by their argument, Bhagyashree took off two gold chains and, as asked, put them in a plastic cover held by one of the men.Soon, the strangers managed to divert the woman’s attention, put a different cover filled with stones into her bag and leave the spot with her jewellery.Some time later, Bhagyashree, still waiting to meet Kumar, looked inside the plastic bag and realised she had been fooled. She screamed for help and within seconds policemen of various ranks gathered around her. Soon, a search began to catch the culprits.One policeman ran towards the main gate and shut it. He asked other policemen to ensure that the miscreants did not escape from the premises.Doddaiah, a sentry for joint commissioner of police for crime (west) Pranob Mohanty, rushed into his boss’s chamber and informed him about the incident. Mohanty, who was talking to Jayanagar police inspector SK Umesh, asked Umesh to go and look into the matter.In the meantime, CR Udaya Shankar, assistant commissioner of police (control room), who is in charge of the premises, asked Bhagyashree for the identification of the culprits. She told him that one of the men was wearing a jacket and a hat.Shankar, too, started searching for the men. He finally managed to find them at a spot within the premises where some construction work was in progress. He went towards the men, caught hold of one of them, and promptly slapped him before everybody.Before the assistant commissioner of police could do any more harm to the man (and the police’s image), a couple of cops ran up to him and told him that the miscreants were in fact acting on the instructions of the police department. Shankar was told that it was all part of a mock drill to create awareness — via the journalists present there for a press conference — about a common trick adopted by criminals to cheat people.Later, Bhagyashree told DNA that she is an actor and has acted in TV serials and films. The police had asked her and her colleagues Venkatadri, Mimicry Gopi and Ramesh to give a demo on the attention-diversion tactics used by miscreants.But Shankar’s slap meant that it wasn’t exactly a good PR exercise for the police.
Published Date: Feb 19, 2012
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