Kabaddi star Ajay Thakur has been performing police duty in Himachal Pradesh in the wake of the country-wide lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Ajay Thakur, a Deputy Superintendent of Police with the Himachal Pradesh Police, was seen patrolling in Bilaspur town in the state, along with his team.
The Padma Shri awardee, who is among the biggest names in the Pro Kabaddi League with Tamil Thalaivas, shared a clip of him patrolling the town with a caption: “On Duty”.
“There is still time for you all to stay at home and also tell others. Cooperate with the administration. Only then it’s possible,” Ajay Thakur wrote on Instagram.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday imposed a 21-day nation-wide lockdown in the country in a bid to stall the spread of novel coronavirus that has led to a global health scare.
The Covid-19 pandemic, which according to the World Health Organisation is accelerating, has led to 16 fatalities in India as of March 22 and more than 600 people have been infected by the virus.
In a YouTube video, Ajay Thakur shared his experience of patrolling the town and urged people to stay indoors and save themselves from contracting the novel coronavirus.
“I have seen that people are not taking it seriously even now. Saw 10-15 people talking to each other in groups on crossroads in villages. Please take this seriously,” Ajay Thakur said in the video.
Among others, the Covid-19 pandemic has jolted the global sporting calendar. While major global sporting events, including the Tokyo Olympics, have been either suspended or cancelled, the Indian sports ministry had urged the sports federations in the country to suspend all sporting activities till April 15.
India’s cash-rich T20 league, Indian Premier League has been suspended until the mid of April even as uncertainty surrounds the 13th edition of the tournament.