Kolkata cop dances while managing busy traffic

Dhaka,  Sat,  24 June 2017
Published : 13 Jun 2017, 21:01:02
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Kolkata cop dances while managing busy traffic

Commuters look out in surprise from windows of cars and buses. Some passersby occasionally stop to click pictures. The subject of their interest is a man who literally manages busy traffic on a bustling east Kolkata road by singing and dancing, according to a global media report.

Braving the heat, Ashok Gupta, 59, in a fluorescent orange jacket and helmet, shows off his innovative dance steps while directing vehicles near Gate No. 4 at Rajarhat’s Eco Tourism Park for 12 hours a day, six days a week—managing to draw a smile or two from passing commuters.

A resident of Hooghly district’s Dankuni, Gupta is not a traffic cop. He has been appointed by a private security company that has been outsourced the job of flagging through heavy vehicles supplying material for the ongoing Garia-Airport Metro railway project.

According to Gupta, people’s smiles keep him going, notwithstanding the hectic nature of his job against a meagre pay cheque.

Gupta, an avid fan of Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, constantly plays old Hindi numbers like “Chala jata hu... Kisi ke dhun pe” and “Ek larki peheli baar” on his cell phone.

 
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