Kolkata Police uses 'mankading' fiasco to spread message of road safety
Kolkata: Kolkata Police has used the recent 'mankad' episode in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) to deliver the message of road safety awareness through their Facebook page.
Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin had 'mankaded' Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday, which has been evoking divided opinions among the cricket fraternity on social media.
The "mankading" dismissal followed a batting collapse as the Rajasthan team collapsed from 108 for 1 to 170 all out and lost the match by 14 runs. It may be mentioned that Buttler was in a destructive mood during the match and had contributed 69 runs off 43 balls before being dismissed.
Kolkata Police has clubbed the picture of Buttler's dismissal along with a photo which showed a car crossing the stop line on the road, with a statement which reads: "Whether crease or road, you will regret if you cross the line (crease a hok ba rastay, aage perole postay)."
"Social media has always been an effective tool for us in creating awareness about road safety and security as the young generation is very active on the social networking sites. These creative ideas have a good impact on them as comments and shares have been flooding our Facebook page," a senior official of KP's Traffic department said.
This is, however, not the first time when KP has used action from the cricket field to strengthen their campaign of traffic safety. When Cheteshwar Pujara scored a ton at Adelaide against Australia in December 2018, KP had used his century celebration picture and clubbed it with a picture of a person wearing seat belt while driving his car. The picture had "Defense should be like Pujara," written on it.
The Jaipur Police had used the image of Jasprit Bumrah bowling a no-ball to Fakhar Zaman on a billboard as a means of traffic awareness in 2017. The caption of the picture read: "Don't cross the line. You know it can be costly." This, however, didn't go down well with Bumrah, who had criticised Jaipur Police for the same.