Man puts 300 ‘I am sorry’ banners across Pune to apologise to girlfriend, police riled up


TNT Offbeat | PUNE, August 19, 2018

A man put up over 300 banners and hoardings in a town in Maharashtra apparently to make up with his girlfriend after a fight, but the antic has riled the local police.

Residents of an upmarket area in Pimpri Chinchwad, near Pune, woke up on Friday to see several posters, carrying the line "(name of the girl), I am sorry" in bold print with a heart symbol beside it in red, dotting the area especially prominent traffic intersections.

The act, however, is likely to get Nilesh Khedekar, a 25-year-old local businessman, in trouble with the police approaching the Pimpri Chinchwad civic body to initiate action as per rules dealing with illegal hoardings and defacement of public property.

A police official said that investigations into the matter started soon after they were alerted to the hoardings on Friday.

"We managed to zero in on his friend Vilas Shinde who had helped Khedekar get the flex hoardings printed. Through him, we traced Khedekar who is the brain behind this act," the official said.

He informed that the 25-year-old man wanted to apologise and make up with his girlfriend after a quarrel and, therefore, came up with this "creative" idea.

"The girl was coming on Friday to the area from Mumbai. Under the cover of darkness in the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, over 300 hoardings were put up on the route which the girl was likely to take," the official said.

The civic body had been told about the issue, the official said, adding that it was up to the civic body now to initiate further action against the businessman.