Staff Reporter

The exhibition, ‘Suvarna Varsham,’ is being held to mark the golden jubilee of Kerala Police.

KOCHI: Streets teeming with shoppers is not an unusual sight for Onam season. But, people have been flocking to Marine Drive for an altogether different reason – Suvarna Varsham, the exhibition organised by the City Police to mark the 50th anniversary of Kerala Police. It showcases the best of police and other Government departments.

“This is a part of community policing, an effort to reach out to the public. We also attempted to showcase various aspects of police department and arrange awareness classes on subjects like drug-abuse,” said Manoj Abraham, City Police Commissioner.

The exhibition is an initiative of the City Police, even though the golden jubilee celebrations have been going on across the State. “Not all exhibitions will have this much information about the police force. This, probably, is the greatest attraction for the public,” said Mr. Abraham.

The Onam crowd has been filling up the temporary stalls set up at Marine Drive grounds. Even though the flow slackened a bit on Tuesday because of rains, it picked up with the sun coming out, brighter.

Coupon count

In the last three days, the exhibition had around 60,000 visitors. “Going by the number of lucky-dip coupons distributed to visitors at the exhibition, it has been an overwhelming response,” said M. Ramesh Kumar, Circle Inspector, Ernakulam Town North.

Even with this big a crowd, the police have not encountered any problem in controlling it. “Care has been taken in choice of cultural programme also. We did not choose any programme that could lead to unruly behaviour,” said Mr. Kumar. The exhibition will be open till August 26.