Berhampur, May 13 (LocalWire): “Apana mane ghare surakshita ruha, nachet, mu asibi o neijibi (stay in the home safely, otherwise I will come and take you),” shouted Yamaraj, the Hindu God of death in different areas of Gajapati district.
A policeman dressed as Yamaraj strides through the villages issuing the dire warning to lockdown violators and those not following the social distancing norms.
At least four police personnel dressed like Yamaraj, his associate Chitragupta, Coronavirus, and an ordinary person who violates the COVID-19 regulations, staged 10 to 15 minutes play on the streets of the villages to educate the people about the regulations of the Covid-19.
The unique initiative of staging street corner play by the police personnel was the brainchild of SP of Gajapati, Sarah Sharma, who was earlier creating awareness in the COVID-19 by singing songs.
“We have launched these street-side plays to create awareness since last Sunday in Paralakhemundi.
On Wednesday, we staged the play at Kasinagara.
The impact of the play is seen very well,” said the SP.
She said that police personnel present during the play maintain social distancing among the people.
Gajapati district was a green zone with no COVID-19 positive cases so far, while its adjoining Ganjam district was identified as the red zone with over 200 positive cases tested in the last ten days-after the influx of a large number of migrant workers from different states.