Written by Pathi Venkata Thadhagath | Edited by Swati Bhasin
The top Bengaluru police officer on Saturday once again reiterated the instruction to the city traffic police not to stop a vehicle unless an offense was committed. After a Twitter user complained that vehicles were being stopped by traffic police even after the new rule, the commissioner warned of strict measures.
One Twitter user – who goes by the name Rahul Poojari – shared a photo of a traffic cop on his handle, writing: “Vehicles were stopped at Eco space Belandur even though there were no traffic violations. Feel free to check this out. @DgpKarnataka @hsrltrafficps @blrcitytraffic @BlrCityPolice(Sic)”.
Pratap Reddy, the Bengaluru Police Commissioner, immediately responded to the complaint, replying: “@DCPTrEastBCP, the traffic cop can be identified by a body-worn camera. Have this verified right away. @blrcitytraffic repeat, no vehicle stops for document check. Violators among our staff will be punished. @rahulamine08 share date and time of photo if possible (sic)”
Later in the day, the Joint Commissioner of Police, BR Ravikantha Gowda, announced that a departmental action had been launched against the officer following the verification. “It has been verified. Body-worn camera was not in shooting mode. Departmental action is initiated. It is reiterated that no one will be stopped for document verification (sic),’ he tweeted.
Earlier on June 27, Karnataka’s Director General of Police (DGP) Praveen Sood said that no vehicle can be stopped for regular checks unless a traffic violation is noticed.
This decision came after multiple complaints of alleged harassment by traffic cops in the name of document control.
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