Amid intense protests in Kerala against two women pilgrims entering Sabarimala, a video of a real-life Singham - a cop standing up to protestors and trying to curb the violence - has gone viral.
Ever since the Supreme Court’s landmark verdict on Sabarimala was delivered on September 28, 2018, Kerala has been a hotbed of protests. Amid the rising concern over the safety of women devotees trying to reach the holy sanctum, security across the area has been beefed up.
Recently, a video of a Tamil Nadu cop has been gaining a lot of attention online as he was caught daring protestors to torch a state-run bus.
Being hailed as a real-life Singham, the cop was identified as Sub-Inspector Mohan Iyer, who was deployed near Kaliyakkavilai, close to the Tamil Nadu and Kerala border, where the video was shot. Faced by a mob of protestors, Mohan stood up against them.
In the video, one can hear him saying, “If you’re a man, come touch the vehicle.”
Several protestors have carried out attacks on public transport vehicles during the ongoing protests, and even called a day-long strike on Thursday against the entry of two women, Bindu and Kanakadurga, in the Sabarimala Temple.
In an interview with the News18, Sub-Inspector Iyer said,
First, I tried to talk to them but they were not listening. The protestors were threatening that they will pelt stones at the bus and also to attack the driver. So, I spoke in our area style. This is common in our area. Immediately after that, the protesters dispersed.
For his act of bravery, Iyer has been awarded a citation letter from the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Managing Director Thachankary with Rs 1,000, reports One India.