Cop in Indore dances his way to fame, colleagues turn against him
Traffic stalled at Zanjeewala Square in Indore on Friday morning as Bollywod stars Katrina Kaif and Siddharth Malhotra danced with traffic constable Ranjeet Singh. Ranjeet has come a long way from being a simple traffic cop to getting featured on talk shows and attracting celebrities in last two years.indore Updated: Sep 04, 2016 10:57 IST
Traffic stalled at Zanjeewala Square in Indore on Friday morning as Bollywod stars Katrina Kaif and Siddharth Malhotra danced with traffic constable Ranjeet Singh. Ranjeet has come a long way from being a simple traffic cop to getting featured on talk shows and attracting celebrities in last two years.
With several thousand followers on social media, Ranjeet features in many movies and short films made on Indore and its culture due to his sleek dance moves while managing traffic.
“He has become the face of Indore. When we were coming here for the film promotion of ‘Dishoom’, we did a Google search on activities which we can do in Indore and Ranjeet’s name popped up,” Rahul Dubey, a public relations officer for Eros, said.
Dishoom co-actors Varun Dhawan, John Abraham and Jaqueline Fernandes went on to ‘manage’ traffic with Ranjeet. In October last year, Ranjeet was invited to a talk show hosted by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.
“People find Ranjeet interesting as a traffic cop. I have seen people clicking pictures and recording videos of him. When stars meet him, they get the chance to connect with a lot of people who are already following him,” filmmaker Myuhit Ali said. Ali has made a film on Indore which features Ranjeet.
‘A cop should respect the integrity of uniform’
But not all police officers are impressed with the flash mobs and dance moves on road. “He is violating Para 64 of the MP Police Regulation. On Friday, he danced with actors in uniform, which is violation of rules. A cop should respect the integrity of uniform,” an officer said.
Another police officer felt it was the responsibility of senior officers to ensure Ranjeet should not trespass rules while promoting films. “Technically, he should be booked under Section 341/141 of IPC for stalling traffic in peak hours when he danced with Katrina Kaif but nothing was done. He could have gone to a mall or anywhere else to dance. Why on roads?”
‘Every traffic cop is important. Why only Ranjeet?’
“Every traffic cop is important. Why only Ranjeet? Because he dances? We are not at an age to dance on road but we are doing our best to manage traffic. But no one cares. A simple cop doing duty as per law and regulation is not promoted by media and officers,” a policeman said.
Deputy inspector general (DIG) Santosh Kumar Singh remains unfettered about the ‘grudges’. “Ranjeet does work properly and has inspired many colleagues. Not many youngsters are keen on joining the traffic police, but with the style he has attached to being a traffic cop things are changing,” he said.