Tasked with making sure that people remain inside their houses during the 21-day lockdown imposed in the country to contain the spread of coronavirus, some police officers are finding creative ways to get the message across. After a Chennai police officer's coronavirus helmet went viral online, a Chhattisgarh cop's musical warning to explain the severity of the situation has captured social media's attention.
On Monday, news agency ANI shared a video of policeman Abhinav Upadhyay requesting citizens of a residential colony in Bilaspur to stay in and follow quarantine rules with the help of a song. Set to the tune of Lata Mangeshkar's classing Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai, the words of his song go: "Ghar mein hi rehna hai, baahar nahi jaana hai... sanitizer lagana hai, haath dhote hi jaana hai, mil ke ab hum ko, corona ko hataan hai."
The lyrics roughly translate to: "We have to stay in our houses and not step out. We have to put sanitizer and wash hands frequently to stand together and defeat coronavirus."
Listen to the cop sing the song as residents watch from their balconies:
#WATCH Chhattisgarh: A policeman, Abhinav Upadhyay sings a song to spread awareness about #COVID19 in a residential area of Civil Lines in Bilaspur. A woman had tested positive for the disease in the city after returning from Saudi Arabia. There are 7 COVID-19 cases in state. pic.twitter.com/I15yNosPvj— ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2020
The musical warning has become a hit on social media, garnering praise from thousands of netizens. Since being shared online, the video has collected over 55,000 views on Twitter.
It also caught the eye of filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, who tweeted the video and wrote: "Love it love it love it."
Love it love it love it pic.twitter.com/z4ZquWZazK— Vishal Bhardwaj (@VishalBhardwaj) March 31, 2020
Take a look at what others had to say about Mr Upadhyay's version of Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai:
India's police got talent— Sudhir Singh (@Sud009) March 30, 2020
Superb !!— Vikas Pahwa Sr Adv (@vikaspahwasradv) March 30, 2020
Awareness is much needed… Police is doing great job :)— Nomad nik ???? (@nomadnik_) March 30, 2020
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