Sachin bats for road safety to a select few outside hotel

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 22, 2014 10:59 IST

Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar was in town on Saturday to send out a message on road safety and create awareness on following traffic rules at the Hotel Taj in Sector 17 on Wednesday.

The Chandigarh Police had approached him to spread the message of road safety among citizens. The cricketer, who is currently the mentor of Mumbai Indians, in town to take on Kings XI Punjab, was approached by the Chandigarh police to spread the message of road safety.

The awareness campaign was marked by chaos as passersby rushed to have a glimpse of the cricketer.

The event which lasted for about just ten minutes also saw the media, jostling to have pictures of the cricketer.

“Drive safe : as even one minute of carelessness on road can be a major risk for somebody else’s precious life,” said Sachin.

Sachin, accompanied by UT IGP RP Upadhyaya, UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill and DSP Roshan Lal, said that women should wear helmets, even if they had to travel less than 100m on their two-wheelers.

“The initiative taken by the Chandigarh police will help controlling accidents,” Sachin said.

The campaigning programme was just for a few select women riders picked by the Chandigarh police, who rode two-wheelers.

A couple of them who managed to reach the star, were handed over helmets, while a few others were left behind in the chaos.

The campaign was mismanaged as the media was also pushed around and pictures could be clicked with difficulty.

Even the handful of women called for the campaign, one of which was a Chandigarh police constable, had to wait for about 30 minutes.

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