Bengaluru: The Bengaluru City Police on Tuesday launched official mascots Chennamma and Veeranna, to create awareness on traffic and law and order. Bengaluru police tweeted pictures of their new mascots.

BCP posted on Twitter on Tuesday, introducing the two mascots. “Hello, Namma Bengaluru! We’re excited to introduce to you our very own BCP mascots - #Chennamma and #Veeranna. Drop a hi in the comments! #MeetTheBCPMascots,” the tweet read.

The names of the mascots mesmerised the fans, with some even suggesting that there couldn't have been better names for the two.

Chennamma was the queen of the Nayakas of the kingdom of Kittur in Mysore. She registered her name in history as a brave freedom fighter who fought against the British East India Company in 1824. She was one of the first female freedom fighters in India to have resisted the British colonisation.

Veeranna, on the other hand, was a legendary Indian theatre director born in Mysore. He was also honoured with the Padmashree award by the president of India, having played an instrumental role in the growth of Kannada theatre.

Earlier in 2017, the department had introduced a mascot “Meesey Thimmaiah” in memory of Late Traffic Cop Thimmaiah who died on duty at GPO Junction now known as "Police Timmaiah" Junction.

Meanwhile, with Karnataka crossing the 1-lakh mark in coronavirus cases, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) commissioner has decided to make COVID-19 testing free across the city.

"As early detection of coronavirus will help us stop its spread to others, BBMP seeks your cooperation to voluntarily come forward for testing if you have any symptoms," BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said.

He added that citizens need not get worried about testing, encouraging people to come forward. "Majority of the people who get tested at early stages recover very fast," the statement further read.

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