Traffic police go beyond call of duty

The Bengaluru Traffic Police have often been seen pitching in with more than just traffic management — be it filling up potholes or clearing fallen tree branches. On Saturday, the R.T. Nagar traffic police added vehicle repair to this list.

They replaced the tyre of a KSRTC bus, which was stranded on the busy Hebbal flyover. The vehicle, carrying over 40 passengers from Doddaballapura towards Majestic, got stuck in the middle of the flyover after one of its tyres was deflated around 4.15 p.m.

The road got choked after the bus was stranded. The traffic police on duty asked the driver to hurry up, but the driver was helpless, as he did not have a jack to replace the tyre.


Without wasting time, R.T. Nagar Inspector Firoz Khan and PSI Nagbhushan flagged down another KSRTC bus, borrowed a jack, and began to replace the tyre with help from the driver. It took around 45 minutes for the police to change the tyre and get the bus moving, Mr. Khan said.

“The driver thanked us, as his colleagues from the KSRTC workshop had no alternative route to reach the spot owing to the traffic jam,” he added.

Their initiative earned praise from several quarters. Home Minister G. Parameshwara and Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) R. Hithendra, who, on Twitter, said that the traffic police were doing beyond work their duty to ease the pain of motorists.