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2018-02-11T17:23:33+05:30

Garbage Singh Fine

Gabbar Singh rode in on horseback, flanked by a troop of henchmen, terrifying the denizens of Tikarpara, a posh area in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. He turned to his acc­omplice Samba, asking “Kachra fekne par kitne jurmana rakha hai re,” (what penalty has been announced for throwing garbage) to which the response came: “Rs 5,000, sarkar”. Local ward member Ejaz Tewar essayed the role of the iconic Sholay character, transformed into a garbage looter in this street play for a ­cleanlin­ess drive initiated by the Raipur Municipal Corporat­ion as part of Swachh Bha­rat. The press  quoted a corporation officer as saying, “We had rehearsed the drama well bef­ore starting the street play... People, in fact, were surprised to see ‘Gabbar Singh’ among them saying he landed in their area to loot garbage to gen­erate awareness among them on cleanliness.”


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