The picture of a cop standing with his hands folded in front of a man riding a bike with four others and without any helmet is doing the rounds of the Internet. Retweeted over 1900 times, this Twitter image shows the plight of cops when they have to confront with repeat traffic offenders.
The photo was taken in Andhra Pradesh's Anantpur, which shows the offender riding a bike with two of his children, a relative and his wife, none of them wearing helmets. The picture was Tweeted by Abhishek Goyal, an IPS officer of the Karnataka cadre at 7 am in the morning. In his Tweet, the officer said, "What else can he do? We always have a choice...choose the safe one!"
According to a report in the Indian Express, the officer in the picture has been identified as B Shubh Kumar of Anantapur’s Madakasira Circle. While heading to work, he spotted K Hanumantharayudu, a repeat traffic offender riding with four people.
Ironically, Kumar encountered the family immediately after he had wrapped up a 1.5 hour programme on road safety and the family had also been a part of it. Hanumantharayudu, incidentaly, had been warned several times earlier too. Kumar, speaking to the Hindustan Times said, "My mind went blank when I saw the five of them riding so dangerously and all I could do was fold my hands in total resignation, helplessness and frustration.”
What frustrated the officer even more was the smile he was greeted with when he confronted Hanumantharayudu. Kumar was reported as saying, "I asked him to think of the safety of his family as he did not have minimum sense of responsibility towards them. As the two kids were sitting on the fuel tank, he had little room to manoeuvre because their legs were stuck to the handlebar. Accidents happen like that only."