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This Bengaluru engineer's mission is to make roads nail-free
This system engineer from Bengaluru has a strange fixation of picking up nails from roads. You can call it his hobby, passion or social service. He has been doing this work since 2014 and has collected 37 kg of iron nails so far.
All this started when Benedict Jebakumar was taking the outer ring road to travel from his home in Banashankari to his office in Bellandur. During his journey his two-wheeler was often getting punctured.

Initially he blamed the quality of his bike's tyre. But, later he realized that the punctures were because of nails and all the nails were of the same type. He also analyzed that they were found at spots close to puncture shops. By this time he had become used to of his bike getting punctured, but then in 2014 he decided to take up things into his own hands.

Since 2014, he made it a habit to start half-an-hour before from his usual time to reach his office, and started collecting nails lying on specific points on the road he takes. He realized that all the nails were of similar size, small and sharp, the kind used by cobblers and were just thrown in a manner, as if someone has intentionally done it.

Soon, he realized that this was the mischief of a bunch of flat-tyre repairers, who had set up shops along the road, and were doing this to ensure regular business. Jebakumar decided to report the menace to the authorities and the police stepped up its vigil, arresting one man in September and another in April. The nails stopped cropping up for a while, but then the same menace continued.

Jebakumar then thought that the authorities were either lethargic or that the problem was not big enough for them to pay attention. So, he came up with a device to make the process easier and faster. He tied a strong magnet to a fishing rod, which made his work very simple.

In October 2014 he also started a Facebook page called 'My Road, My Responsibility', where he documents his daily findings along with photograph of the nails on weighing scales. Now, this work of collecting nails has become his obsession and he carries his fishing rod along with him.

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