Police officers in Surat dressed up in coronavirus-themed uniforms on April 5 and urged citizens to stay at home and practice social distancing during the global outbreak.
In pictures that surfaced on the internet, cops in the Mahuva taluka in Surat were seen wearing corona helmets and carried corona-themed lathis as well.
Speaking of their outfits, a policeman told news agency ANI, “We have done this to spread awareness among people. We are trying to reach out to as many places as possible to make people aware of the situation.”
Gujarat: Police personnel in Mahuva taluka of Surat district dressed up as ‘#Coronavirus‘ while appealing to people to stay at home and practice social distancing. 122 positive cases and 11 deaths due to the COVID-19 have been reported so far in the state. (05.04.2020) pic.twitter.com/3tQXUPX3dD
— ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2020
Meanwhile, not just in Gujarat, but police officers across several states in India are making a great effort to spread awareness regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic. In Chennai, cops were seen wearing corona helmets that were created with the help of a local artist.
In Maharashtra, on the other hand, a police officer sang Aamir Khan’s 1999 hit track Zindagi Maut Na Ban Jaaye, Sambhaalon Yaaron while on duty and urged people to stay at home.
The Kolkata Police wasn’t far behind. Cops on duty spread cheer and crooned We Shall Overcome and a rendition of filmmaker-musician Anjan Dutta’s acclaimed song Bela Bose with a coronavirus twist at a residential area in Kolkata.
India is in a 21 day lockdown since March 25 as Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked citizens to stay indoors to control the pandemic.