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Dharamshala Boy Schooling Unmasked Tourists in Viral Video Becomes Police Mascot

Image Credits: Twitter/ @iPradeepSangwan

Image Credits: Twitter/ @iPradeepSangwan

Five-year-old Amit appeared in a video where he was seen holding a plastic stick with which he poked everyone who passed him by and asked, “Tumhara mask kaha hai?" (Where is your mask?).

Remember the little kid who went viral recently after he was seen walking on a crowded street and scolding everyone who was walking without a mask in Dharamshala? He has now been made the local police’s mascot for coronavirus protocols. Five-year-old Amit recently appeared in a video where he was seen holding a plastic stick with which he poked everyone who passed him by and asked, “Tumhara mask kaha hai?" (Where is your mask?) But unsurprisingly, no one paid much attention to him. The video was shared on the Instagram page

‘Dharmshalalocal’ and soon became viral.

Following Amit going viral, the local police honoured Amit by presenting him with a Pahari cap and snacks as a token of appreciation. Abhay Karki, who runs the Instagram page Dharmshalalocal, told Hindustan Times, “An elderly couple gifted him clothes while many want to fund his education," adding that they will speak to his parent once they return since they are currently out of town.

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first published:July 08, 2021, 11:01 IST