Hyderabad: Police personnel have been at the receiving end for beating up people black and blue, for coming onto the streets violating lockdown norms. The police have now come up with innovative ideas to persuade them to stay indoors.

Gurmeet Singh, a police constable, working with Kulsumpura police station has rehashed the “Ye Pyar Ka Nagma Hai’ song to create awareness about Coronavirus and the importance of staying home.

The Hyderabad police released a video of the constable saying, “Please stay at home. Please be safe. If we are healthy it means the society is healthy.” After singing the song he thanks the citizens who come out and listen to his songs from their balconies. Citizens are seen clapping and cheering him.

The rehashed lyric reads, ‘Bahar Nahi jana Hai, Khudki Suraksha Karke auro ko Bachana Hai.’ (We shouldn’t go outside; we should save ourselves for saving others).

The orchestra was set-up by the Kulsumpura police at Ganganagar area. P. Shankar, the area inspector speaking to NewsMeter said, “Gurmeet Singh has been working with us for the past 5 years. We were planning to do something to create awareness. So we set-up an orchestra yesterday evening and Gurmeet reworked the lyric to mirror the current situation.”

Hyderabad traffic police had in earlier instances worn helmets designed as Coronavirus and held a rally at Malakpet asking people to stay indoors and follow social distancing norms. Cops in Chennai and Bangalore also had taken up a similar exercise.

In an address to the nation at 10 am on Tuesday, the Prime Minister extended the lockdown till May 3

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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