Reported by Ruby Nanda
Bhubaneswar, Dec 5:
Benudhar Sahu, a 39 year-old traffic home guard, in Bhubaneswar gives a power-packed performance on duty, everyday!
He dances his way to control traffic at the busiest part of the capital city of Odisha. The IDBI Bank chowk traffic sees heavy vehicle flow throughout the day as it connects Sahid Nagar to Bhomikhal.
Known as the dancing cop of Odisha, Sahu earns a paltry salary of Rs 6,600 per month but the poor pay in no way dampens his enthusiasm for duty.
“Benu Bhai’s is very sincere in his duty and very popular here. He manages the traffic very well, this intersection is very busy and there is always fear of accidents happening. His actions make everyone alert,” says Tipu Biswal, who has a snacks stall on the pavement nearby.
Sahu, a home guard for 19 years, says his energetic “high speed signal” techniques are aimed at teaching people to adhere to traffic rules. The cop, who is on duty from 8 am to 2 pm, says that these actions have been created and perfected by him through experience and practice.
“This is not dance as everyone is saying, it is a high speed signal to make people realise their mistakes. It’s a signal indicating traffic rules to people,” says Benudhar Sahu.
A resident of Hatisahi, Patrapada in Khandagiri, Sahu has a family of five to feed. His elder sister, wife, two daughters and son are all dependent on him and he finds it difficult to make ends meet.
“We home guards do our duty sincerely, but while things have changed for Aganwadi workers and others, nothing has changed for us,” rues Sahu, adding, “It’s for those in the top to decide on the issue.”
His unique style has many takers, with some traffic guards attempting his actions. The travellers too when forced to stop at the busy junction get entertained by his high speed actions and continuous whistling.
The winner of Best of Traffic Police Award for 2014 by Police Commissionerate Bhubaneswar-Cuttack says that the smiles of small children and kind words by passerby are the reward and encouragement which keeps him going.
“I believe in God, and my parents’ wish that our son should stand out in a crowd is what inspires me to be different”, he says while explaining his hatke traffic controlling antics.