Tuesday, 22 April, 2008
A ‘constable’ of people friendly policing
(Home Minister, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan being escorted by the 'magical constable' on the stages of a magic show held to launch the new 'Community Policing' programme at Chandrasekharan Nair stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.)
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Police had a historic day on 26th March. The day witnessed the milestone launch of radical initiative called ‘Community Policing’ or ‘People friendly Policing’.
The State-level launch of this programme found a ‘constable’ conjuring up the message through a nifty ‘Police here, Police there’ trick. The constable, inevitably, was none other than the maverick of magical messaging, Gopinath Muthukad.
It was a brief, baffling performance. After the official launch by the Chief Minister, V.S. Achuthanandan, the stage was vacated. Two pedestals stood at distant corners of the spacious stage. When Mr. Muthukad came clad in Khaki, even his close fans needed a few moments to identify him.
The ‘police man’ then invited the Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan to testify that the pedastals were perfectly vacant. The ‘constable’ then stepped on to the pedestal on the left of the viewers. Its sides were then covered with white of clothe.
(Police here, police there: Magician, in the form of a shade inside an elevated cabin on the left begins his magical transportation)
Lights were switched on and seen was a moving shade. The magical policeman was now apparently penetrating the curtains. To the disbelief of all, he then suddenly appeared on the pedestal on the other side.
On the first platform, written clearly was ‘Police’ and on the other, ‘Community’. The message was then clear: The police moving towards the community from its traditional stands.