KSRP women personnel to cycle from Belagavi to Bengaluru


Published: 28/11/2018

by www.belgaumonline.com


Last year, a contingent of male personnel from Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) cycled from Bidar to the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, covering a distance of 1,756 km in 14 days, to spread awareness on heritage and tourism.

This year, it’s the women who have taken on the mantle. They will undertake a gruelling 1,700-km route from Belagavi to Bengaluru to spread the message of women’s empowerment. “We want to show that our women personnel are equally capable and tough,” said ADGP Bhaskar Rao who led last year’s cyclothon that covered 15 cities, 25 districts and 200 police stations across the State.

This year’s rally will start from Belagavi on December 5, and will be led by Assistant Commandant Nisha James, 4th battalion, KSRP. Several IPS and IAS officers have expressed interest in participating in the cyclothon, said officials.

So far, 20 women have signed on, and more are expected to join them. Team members have already started preparing themselves mentally and physically for the cyclothon. Apart from boot camps, there will be sessions on agility, strength and functional training, yoga, self-defence and swimming.

“For the first time, the KSRP is rewriting its fitness manuals that were inherited from the British. There's a sudden keenness by personnel to engage in and enjoy fitness activities. It’s no longer seen as a chore,” Mr. Rao said.