Calcutta: As part of a special campaign against the use of flashing lights on vehicles, Calcutta police have removed 314 such lights from vehicles in the past five days. The special campaign comes at a time when several people have been arrested in recent days posing as bureaucrats and using the flashing light.
According to a senior Calcutta traffic police officer, even on Eid day when most government offices were closed, the Calcutta traffic police removed the flashing lights from 32 government vehicles, including those used by IAS officers, traffic police officers, officers, forestry department officials and other bureaucrats. As of Saturday, police have so far removed 314 such beacons across the city.
“We have noted the registration numbers of these cars during the last five days since the start of the special conduct of the beacons. These government officials have been asked to be present with the notification or order confirming that they are actually allowed to use beacons, “said a senior Kolkata traffic police official.
More such notices will likely be issued on Thursday, after which “necessary measures according to law” will be taken, depending on the response, law enforcement sources said.
Police also served notices on 12 government officials, who work with state and central governments, for using beacons, to which they are not entitled. All of these officials told traffic sergeants that they were entitled to beacons and argued that they should not be stopped on the road for such checks.
In a city where the Chief Minister does not use a beacon, cases of misuse of red and blue beacons are common as vehicles equipped with beacons can be seen illegally parked along arteries like CR Avenue and Park Street and these vehicles are often jump signals. .
“It is not always possible to stop cars equipped with beacons and verify the veracity of the person sitting inside. We are often reprimanded or reprimanded if the person inside turns out to be the one who has. right to a vehicle equipped with beacons, ”said a sergeant in southern Calcutta.
Beacons have always been a problem for ordinary citizens and even part of the police, but the pandemic has made them more useful than ever to part of the population and a simple example will prove it.
“There were four cases in 2016 and five in 2019. Challans are issued here under Sections 226 (3) of the West Bengal Motor Vehicle Regulations as well as Law 177 of the MV Law. The other section concerns Sections 108 (III) CMVR and 177 of the MV Law The first saw 33 challans while the second saw 11 days of challans, “said an officer.
Not only did the vaccine scam blame Debanjan Deb, who allegedly rode in a car equipped with a beacon, or Asiful Haque, who was allegedly caught abusing a vehicle equipped with a beacon on Theater Road Tuesday – there are several more who are using the beacon as their “legitimate weapon for getting around town” as other cars are being sued for being on the road.