In these testing COVID-19 Pandemic times, the doctors, healthcare and sanitary care workers have been branded the frontline warriors who have been shielding the common people from being affected by the deadly Corona Virus. However, another department which has been silently going about their duty and working as hard as the above mentioned people, are our Police personnel. Despite all their own hardships, the Police department has been relentlessly working to ensure that all the guidelines issued by the governments are being followed and that the people are adhering to the rules, especially during the lockdown times, to avoid the spread of the virus.

The Police in general, command a level of respect and authority amongst the public and at times, earn their ire too. The recent Sathankulam incident, showed the Police in very bad light and since then, Police brutality in many places was brought to light. However, despite the presence of a few such bad elements within the Police force, on the majority they are the shield that protects the society against all evil. Unfortunately, today a Police man himself turned out to become a victim. A shocking incident happened in Surat region of Gujarat, where a Policeman was dragged for about 25 kilometers on a vehicle's bonnet and eventually suffered injuries and was admitted to a hospital.

A couple of days back, two policemen - Constables Ganesh Choudhary and Kishan Govind, were on patrol duty in the Navasri Railway Station area, in Surat. They signalled a pick-up van carrying seven passengers to pull over, near the Ashok Hotel, in the vicinity. When the driver pulled over, the constables asked him to show them the vehicle's documents. The driver did not possess the documents and tried to escape from the spot. However, Constable Ganesh held onto the vehicle's bonnet and tried to stop the driver from fleeing but the driver continued driving with the policeman still on the vehicle. Only after about 25 kms on the National Highway-48, the driver applied the brakes, causing Ganesh to fall down and injure himself. The driver and passengers fled from the area, immediately. The injured Constable as admitted to a hospital and given treatment. He then registered a case at the Navasri Police Station and the department is trying to trace the driver and the passengers, based on the vehicle's registration number and description. Stay tuned for updates...