Bengaluru: The daring act of a policeman working with the Bellandur Police Station in Bengaluru resulted in him getting rewarded in a rather unusual way, with a belated honeymoon package.
On Thursday, police constable KE Venkatesh who was posted near Big Bazaar on Sarjapur Road for his night duty heard shouts of “Thief, Thief”.
In no time, he realised that phone snatchers had taken off on their two-wheelers and Venkatesh followed in hot pursuit on his own bike. After a chase of four kilometres, he was able to get hold of one Arun Kumar (20), who had made off with a mobile phone.
In the process, Venkatesh injured himself but he did not let go of Arun. “He still has injuries on his hands, knees and is still limping,” said Bellandur police station inspector Victor Simon. “I am very happy that my work has been recognised,” said Venkatesh.
Arun is in police custody while his compatriot Lala is still absconding. The phone recovered from Arun has been returned to its rightful owner.
For this act of bravery, Venkatesh was awarded cash of Rs10,000 and a honeymoon package worth Rs 25,000 by the police department on Friday. Venkatesh, who is set to tie the knot in November this year, will get a three nights-four days holiday in Kerala.
The is the reason for the reward is that we want to encourage this kind of rare bravery in the department. Venkatesh’s determination to track and apprehend the thief and the guts he showed is very rare in the department. Victor Simon, inspector, Bellandur police station
Chases trio for 4km, nabs one
- Constable KE Venkatesh single-handedly chased three bike-borne robbers for 4km and caught one of them.
- Venkatesh got injured in the process and is currently recuperating in hospital.
- He will get a three nights-four days holiday in Kerala, covering Munnar and Alleppey.
- Venkatesh has also been awarded Rs10,000 cash.