In a country where open manholes can pose a direct threat to the public, this Bengaluru cop took matters into his own hands and was lauded by his seniors and the internet.
The incident occurred on Sunday night, when Girish M, a police-man, discovered the open manhole while passing by in Sector 3 of the HSR layout. After spotting the manhole, the policeman jumped out of his jeep and covered up the opening with a large stone, in order to prevent any possible disaster. His picture now has gone viral after a passerby filmed his efforts.
18th cross, hsr 3rd sector ಮ್ಯಾನ್ ಹೋಲ್ ಮುಚ್ಚಳ ಬಾಯಿತೆರೆದು ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಹೋಗಿ ಬರುತಿದ್ದ ಜನರಿಗೆ ಅನಾನುಕೂಲ ವಾಗುತಿದ್ದು, ಗಸ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ಗಿರೀಶ್ ಅದನ್ನು ಮುಚ್ಚಿದ್ದು ಆ ಪೋಟೋ ವನ್ನು ನಾಗರೀಕರು ನನಗೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಿ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಪೋಲಿಸ್ ರ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಅಭಿನಂದನೆಗಳು ಎಂದರು "ಶಹಬ್ಬಾಶ್ ಗಿರೀಶ್"@DCPSEBCP @BlrCityPolice pic.twitter.com/LPas3x2qAi— HSR LAYOUT BCP (@hsrlayoutps) July 7, 2019
The police officer's efforts went viral on Monday morning, earning him a lot of praise and appreciation, from senior officers and even Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-east), Isha Pant.
Salute to you Mr. Girish for your good job. But somehow feel that this is not your duty. BBMP is very slow in their duties. These days BTP has picked up the pace. BBMP to open up their eyes to see and ears to hear for better use of their working hours. Please gear up BBMP.— Babu Vittal (@BabuVittal1) July 8, 2019
When Girish spoke to The Times of India, he said he felt it was his duty as a police officer to cover up the manhole.
People should be aware of such hazards. I think we should not wait for civil agencies, but volunteer and tackle such issues ourselves.
DCP (South-east) Isha Pant herself spoke to TOI about Girish's efforts, saying
Girish saw the manhole and acted quickly. We shouldn’t wait for anyone. Girish acted like a responsible citizen.
Girish's efforts were also appreciated on Twitter.
Good to know....There are still a few good men...— Chowkidar Sharat (@sharkisharath) July 7, 2019
ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು— ಕಲಾವತಿ 💛❤️ (@kalavati190477) July 8, 2019
Hatts off to over Karnataka police.
Great work and Dedication, but Saddened to see BBMP/BDA failure is putting extra pressure on your team— Ravi Chandra (@RaviCDande) July 8, 2019
Good job👍 will save lives!— Chinnappa (@Chinnappa9988) July 7, 2019