How far can you go to do your duty when needed? In Hyderabad, traffic constable G Babji ran almost two kilometers to help an ambulance out of a traffic jam without a second thought.
On Monday evening, the ambulance going from Abids to Koti found itself right in the middle of heavy traffic during peak hours. On noticing its struggle, constable G Babji was quick on his feet and sprung to action. The incident only came to light on Wednesday when the Hyderabad Police posted a video on Twitter.
ప్రతి అడుగు ప్రజల కోసం,
మీ భద్రతే మాకు ముఖ్యం. pic.twitter.com/ze9ErLSft7
— హైదరాబాద్ సిటీ పోలీస్ Hyderabad City Police (@hydcitypolice) November 4, 2020
In the video, shot by someone inside the ambulance, the constable can be seen running ahead asking motorists to make way for the ambulance. Babji was so focused and determined on clearing the path for the ambulance, that the constable even ran beyond the jurisdiction of his police station.
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) November 5, 2020
“It was around 7 pm when the ambulance reached GPO junction. Noticing that it got stuck in traffic, I realised that I had to do something. As time was precious, I ran towards Andhra Bank and pleaded with the motorists to make some space for the ambulance,” constable Babji told TOI. Seeing the cop run above and beyond to help a patient unknown to him, even the motorists did not hesitate to comply with his request. Although caught in the rush, they clapped for Babji in appreciation and cheered him on. “Many motorists patted me and said ‘good job’. It gave me immense satisfaction,” he added.
But the motorists in Hyderabad aren't the only ones charmed by Babji’s selfless act. His video, which has since gone viral, has won over the internet.
"Hyderabad Traffic Police officer Babji of Abids Traffic PS clearing the way for an ambulance, Well done! HTP in the service of citizens," Anil Kumar, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), praised Babji in a tweet.
— Anil Kumar IPS (@AddlCPTrHyd) November 4, 2020
IPS officer Dipanshu Kabra too shared the video, praising the constable for his “sheer dedication & service”.
आपकी मदद के लिए #Khaakhi मीलों दौड़ जाएगी, पर कभी थमेगी नहीं.
— Dipanshu Kabra (@ipskabra) November 5, 2020
Several netizens seemed to be in agreement with the police officers, thanking constable Babji for going the extra mile.
Such selfless service rendered by policemen often go
unnoticed. Let's join hands to recognize and commend the work of this Hyderabadi cop.
— S Thaosen (@sthaosen) November 5, 2020
A true example of a public servant he must be rewarded...a 2 km in a uniform not easy !. God Blessed you man whoever you are surely your family are so proud of you.
Viral video: Hyderabad cop runs for 2 km to help ambulance https://t.co/Ubo2lIl0QS
— Mark (@jotbanker) November 5, 2020
The dedicated cop was also awarded by Hyderabad's Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar for honouring his duty.
.@HYDTraffic constable G Babji who won hearts after running almost two km to clear a traffic jam for an ambulance
has been awarded by @hydcitypolice @CPHydCity for his wonderful gesture to help an unknown patient!#Hyderabad #Trafficop #Telangana #HyderabadTraffic @AddlCPTrHyd pic.twitter.com/mC566D8YKx
— Anusha Puppala (@anusha_puppala) November 5, 2020
A hero we need.
Real hero... excellent work sir ....big thanks and huge respect for Hyderabad police..
— Masa (@Masa78202441) November 5, 2020
I salute this traffic cop for his actions. https://t.co/lC0bdnRrv4
— Yashaswi Vemuganti (@iamyashaswi_v) November 5, 2020
While praises continued to pour in for the cop, many users also questioned why the public paid no heed to the loud ambulance sirens in the first place.
As hearting to see the cop doing his work beyond his duity. It's so so sad to see the apathy of ppl on the road. We as civilized ppl should have the decency of giving way to ambulance when it's needed by it. It's a life and death situation 🚑
— Sandeep Singh (@sandeepthesun) November 5, 2020
No sense, no sensibility.
Shame that somebody has to do it for us, which is a basic civic sense/responsibility. The day we follow traffic rules, stick to the lanes, and don't think we are playing real-life GTA on road, these things will not be needed. Hats off to the policeman though.
— || सत्यमेव जयते || 🇮🇳 (@chandan_nayak) November 5, 2020
Most importantly, public ko ye kaam khud se karna aana chahiye.
— Aye Himanसू ® 🏹 (@4mlvodka) November 5, 2020
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