The Bengaluru Police Department rewards its staff who go the extra mile. Instances of bravado have been recognised by the police.
City Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar on Friday awarded Rs 10,000 to Constable Subramani Shanbhog of the Byappanahalli Police Station for penning a song to create awareness about the menace of chain snatching.
Titled 'Joke Saragallaridare Joke', it roughly translates to 'Is it a joke that chain snatchers are there?'
The song informs and describes how chains are usually snatched, and cautions people to be aware of chain snatchers, especially when walking alone. It was uploaded on YouTube on Independence Day (August 15) and has been viewed more than 25,000 times.
In an interview with The Times of India, Subramani had said that the idea of the song came after a meeting was called by the Commissioner of Police in June, where policemen were asked to create more awareness among people about chain-snatchers.
The song was recorded by his composer friend Harish after over a month of practice.
Reports of chain snatching are on the rise in Bengaluru, even in the Central Business District. 41 cases of chain snatching were registered in April, 39 cases were registered in May and 36 in June this year.
Recently, a constable of the Bellandur Police Station was not only awarded Rs 25,000 but also a honeymoon package worth Rs 25,000. The reward was for chasing a mobile thief for four kilometres on his two-wheeler, and not letting go of the thief even though he was injured.