Many of us have been regular with criticizing the police force for not taking its duty seriously or even for putting their own selfish interests above those of the very people they have sworn to protect. However, a video that has been doing rounds of the online social media will probably change your perception. Seen in this video is a Mahindra Bolero of Kerala Police that is driving across a river to rescue the stranded people.
As per various reports, a team of cops from Purapuzha rescued a family that was left stranded due to floods. It’s said that this family planned to cross a submerged bridge in order to attend a wedding ceremony. However, the bridge that connected the village to the mainland was totally submerged under water. To make matters worse, the heavy flow of river made driving on the submerged bridge even more challenging. However, the police team took up the challenge and successfully helped the stranded family cross over to the other side.
The video we have above shows the Government-issued Mahindra Bolero being driven over a submerged bridge. While we won’t advise anyone to attempt driving in such challenging conditions, it’s pretty heartening to see the bravery of the police force. Of course, the high ground clearance and the grunty motor did play a role in helping this Mahindra Bolero cross over to the other side. Also, the Mahindra Bolero was able to fight the strong water currents owing to its high kerb weight and a full load of passengers.
The Mahindra Bolero is powered by a 2523cc, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that outputs a maximum power of 63 hp along with a peak torque of 180 Nm. The engine comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The rugged utility vehicle has a ground clearance of 180 mm. It’s also noteworthy that Mahindra sells the 4×4 variant of the Bolero to the Police and other government departments. A 4×4 system comes in handy in such situations, where every wheel is required to have optimum traction. 4-Low can be used to have enough low-end grunt. While these specifications did help the Bolero cross the water-logged bridge successfully, we salute the bravery displayed by the traffic cops who risked their own lives to protect the stranded citizens.
As you can probably make out from the video, anything could have gone wrong with this rescue operation. A sudden increase in water flow could have pushed the Bolero off the bridge and into the river. Also, an increased water level could have caused the Bolero to stall midway, which would have made the entire situation more complicated. Luckily, however, nothing of this sort happened and the cops were successful in rescuing the stranded lot.
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