Waters of River Cauvery may have spurred another bout of dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu recently, but even then, it did not mean the end of kinship between the two states. While goons outraged over the Supreme Court's order, people in both the states stepped forward to help each other in times of need.
Most recently, a Bengaluru-based engineer named Joyal Bindu shared on Facebook his incredible experience with Tamil Nadu Police.
Bindu writes about how, on his way back to Bengaluru from Tamil Nadu via road, a lady police officer went out of her way to ensure his and his family's safety in the light of the recent Cauvery protests.
HERE'S HIS ORIGINAL POST:
"What happened today, I shall never ever forget. The incident has really touched me and my family with the exemplary display of chivalry, dedication, sincerity and security towards the general citizens by the Tamil Nadu Police.
After my Onam holidays, I was travelling back to Bangalore. From Kollam I stopped at the toll gate over Madurai bypass. A polite lady Police Constable of Tamil Nadu Police noticing my Karnataka registered car advised me to park aside and said that I shall be escorted by Police in the wake of recent Cauvery unrest. For me it didn't make sense what she said. Escort a common citizen on the highway by the Police!!?? I parked aside; soon 2 more KA registered cars joined and the motorcade from Madurai started at 10:00am.
I was unsure how long/far this escorting by the Police is going to go on. I believed, once the Madurai bypass limits are crossed, we will be on our own. But No! A relay of at least 7-8 Police Cabs with personnel took over from various check-posts to usher us safely on the highway. From a convoy of 4 vehicles we were in total of 16 vehicles by the end of day. As the sun started setting, I realised we started all this in the morning and the enthusiasm of the TN Police is still persistent only to ensure that we cross the TN State safely and enter Karnataka. Before I could stop by to thank the Policemen for ensuring our safety, the Pilot vehicle took a detour and faded into darkness with no expectation of goodwill or thanks letting us to proceed with our journey towards Bangalore.
By 9:00pm we safely entered Bangalore city. A closely monitored and controlled police escort for common citizens for over a distance of 350+ kms! Oh goodness me, it should be a joke, but hell no! May God Bless them with more power and bless our country with such zealous people for law and order."