Facebook effect: ASI Suspended, 250 Traffic Cops To Face
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The city’s traffic police department has three Facebook pages for residents to post suggestions or complaints about traffic issues. But comments and photos uploaded by residents of the city on the social networking site have claimed 250 traffic cops as their first victims.
Interestingly, these policemen have been fined for violating various traffic norms. In one case, an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) has been suspended and his official bike seized by the DCP (traffic) Dinesh Parmar because the ASI had parked it in a ‘no parking zone’ near Shyamal crossroads. Among other infringements of traffic rules for which the cops have been penalized are driving without a helmet and going around with two pillion riders. Action against such policemen has been going on for the last one fortnight.
The department has warned traffic policemen that they run the risk of being penalized if they do not wear helmets while driving. A notice board has been put outside the office of the DCP instructing all policemen to wear helmets or else be ready to be penalised.
“Our own men must set an example for the public as everyone is equal before the law. I draw inspiration from our department’s Facebook page where some city residents have posted photos of traffic policemen riding bikes in uniform without wearing helmets or driving with two pillion riders,” said Parmar. He further said that guilty policemen had been fined as the law is the same for everybody.
Sources said that recently the car of an influential person who had come to the city police commissioner office was detained by additional commissioner of police (traffic) HG Patel as the visitor was not wearing a seat belt. Later, the visitor had to go through the official procedure to get back his vehicle from the RTO, the sources said.