We Indians have a knack for watching Bollywood style Dacoit-Police chases, on the silver screen though. A typical stereotype scene goes like this – the bad guys have the better vehicle and they get away fast and quick while the Police come in the good old CJ series Jeep, moves slower than the bad guys but eventually catches them in pursuit. Thus, it is a happy ending scenario with all the moral values intact. However, what if we told you that something similar happened a few days back in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. The video below showcases the whole sequence which looks straight out of a Bollywood masala flick. Take a look before we delve into further details.
Kurnool police in a hot pursuit thrilling caught one Interstate dacoit after opening fire in the air. Act of #Bravery #kurnoolpolice
Kurnool Police ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಬುಧವಾರ, ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 27, 2019
The video showcases a chase between a group of dacoits and police personals. The dacoits were in a Mahindra Bolero Pickup with the throttle pinned in while the police were following in the signature old Jeep. This video was shot while the chase was going on the National Highway 44 near Pyapili, Kurnool. A total of three thieves were running away from the law in the Bolero Pickup. Among them, one was later caught while the other two escaped. The police were operating on the basis of a tip-off they received which stated that three notorious thieves from Kothar village in Karnataka State were going to Anantapur from Bethamcharla via NH 44.
In the video, we see that the traffic on both sides of the road has been halted and there is no vehicle movement in the visible stretch of road. A little while later, a white Mahindra Bolero comes from the wrong way on the left lane. The car was already overspeeding in a bid to get away from the police. However, upon seeing the traffic halted on both sides, they made a daring move and moved the Bolero Pickup towards the other side of the road, jumping the divider in a jiffy while at it. The Bolero Pickup does an impressive job here and makes the act of jumping across the divider look like a child play.
Moving on, the police then comes just a little while later and disperses the traffic so as to move further. This is where the video comes to an end, with the police Jeep moving forward and dispersing the traffic. The police tried to nab the trio, but as mentioned earlier, two of them escaped in the Bolero. The police reportedly fired three rounds of ammunition in the air. The three criminals were Khaja, Lokesh and Rakesh. While the Pyapili police managed to nab Khaja, Lokesh and Rakesh got away from the police. Sooner or later though, they will end up in the same place as their friend Khaja.
While we surely praise the police force for their bravery and courage, this video also blatantly shines a light on the need to equip our forces with better resources. Has the police been on a new age SUV, they could have humped the divider in the same way as the dacoits did. not that the Jeep is any less capable, but the vehicles in police services have been running since long and are not in a very well maintained state as private owners keep them.
Another thing to learn from this video is that in such conditions, never leave your vehicle and even if you do, stay very close to it. When the dacoits jumped over the divider, that could have resulted in several casualties as many people were standing there before, thankfully no one was hurt. Also, the people who were away from the car indirectly led to the delay of police as the vehicles could not be moved around quickly. Therefore, always stay close to your vehicle in such circumstances.