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Cop climbs 30 feet to rescue crow stuck on hoarding frame in Bengaluru | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: “When I was up in the air trying to save the bird, I didn’t realise I was being filmed. I didn’t know a small and selfless act of mine could make me so popular,” said traffic cop Suresh HS.
In a video that went viral this weekend, Suresh is seen scaling three-fourths of a nearly 40-feet-high metal frame of a hoarding sans a harness to rescue a crow that had got trapped in a manja (thread) midair. The rescue video not only turned Suresh into a social media hero, but also earned him appreciation from several quarters, including home minister Araga Jnanendra. By Tuesday noon, the video had garnered 2.2 lakh views. Suresh is a head constable attached to Rajajinagar traffic police station.
The drama unfolded around 1.30pm last Friday, when Suresh was manning traffic at Dr Rajkumar Road Junction near Rajajinagar entrance. While at work, Suresh noticed a bird fluttering its wings on a hoarding’s metal frame about 30ft high. The frame was around 40ft high and the bird was stuck in a maze of threads almost atop it. By then, a small crowd had gathered around Suresh. Knowing the bird would die if not rescued soon, Suresh asked a youth in the crowd if he could climb up and save it. But the youth refused.
“If I were to call the fire and emergency services then, it’d have taken another 10-15 minutes. Thinking it might get too late, I decided to climb myself. I noticed that the bird was stuck in threads used to fly kites. I took a small foldable knife from a shop nearby and started climbing. Seeing me approach, the bird started fluttering its wings even more vigorously. I neither had a helmet, nor any other safety gear on. Procuring and wearing them would have meant further loss of time,” Suresh told TOI. However, in hindsight, he realised he should’ve taken basic precautionary measures.
After ascending for a few minutes, Suresh finally managed to reach the crow. He carefully cut the threads in which it had got entangled and soon set the bird free. Knowing that the remaining threads could pose danger to other birds, Suresh cleared them too.
“Soon, I heard loud cheers and claps. Looking down, I was surprised to see a big crowd. I noticed that some of them were filming my action on their mobile phones. I carefully stepped down and reached the ground. The crowd congratulated me and one of them even shared the video with me,” said Suresh.
Later, Suresh showed the video to his seniors which was duly shared with Kuldeep Kumar Jain, DCP west, who tweeted it. In no time, the video went viral, winning appreciation from netizens. On Monday, minister Jnanendra retweeted the video, praising Suresh.
But how did Suresh managed to climb so high without help? “I am from Magadi and in my childhood, I had climbed innumerable tall trees. Perhaps that’s what helped me. When I crossed the halfway mark, I looked down and felt a little nervous. I could have returned, but I wanted to rescue the bird at any cost.”
While applauding him, Suresh’s wife, on seeing the video, felt he should have donned safety gear before embarking on the daring act.

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