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Transporters protest, allege harassment by traffic cops
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JAMMU, Sep 14: Up in arms against the traffic authorities, bus operators of Kathua-RS Pura route today staged protest and disrupted vehicular traffic at ever busy Bikram Chowk, this morning.

However transporters of various routes of the province here today gave a chakka jam call for tomorrow but later the call was withdrawn in the evening.

Already agitated over the soaring diesel prices, transporters today opened tirade against the traffic cops for ‘charging entry’ and harassment by the cops at various nakas in Jammu city and its outskirts.

The bus operators jammed traffic at the ever busy Bikram Chowk area this morning after a bus bearing registration number JK02H-4455 of RS Pura route was seized by traffic officer on duty. The driver alleged that the traffic cops were demanding ‘entry’ and on refusal seized the vehicle.

However, the traffic DTI on duty denied the allegations saying that the bus was seized under challan number 255998 for plying the vehicle without route permit, dangerous driving (wearing chappal) and not wearing uniform. The bus was seized legally and was sent to Traffic Police Lines, he added.

Kuldeep Singh president of Kathua-RS Pura route along with other office bearers rushed to Bikram Chowk. He asked the cops reason of seizure of bus and alleged that the traffic officer on duty misbehaved with him and driver.

The traffic officer also denied misbehavior and challenged to prove the charges. He said that the president of bus union approached him and enquired about the reason of seizure of bus. He was properly explained about violations committed by the driver.

The operators of other commercial vehicles also rushed to the spot and they staged a sit-in on the road, blocking the vehicular movement for at-least half-an-hour.

SDPO City (South) DySP Mukesh Kakkar alongwith SHO Police Station Gandhi Nagar Gurmeet Singh rushed to the dharna site and they asked the transporters not to block the road. They tried to pacify them and allegedly used mild force to get the traffic through.

As per the Union president, Palli Singh, the driver of bus bearing registration number JK02D-9929 of RS Pura route was injured in police action.

The transporters called an emergency meeting in the evening and gave a call for chakka jam for Friday against traffic cops entry system.

Kuldeep Singh, president of Kathua-RS Pura route alleged that traffic cops have installed nakas at 17 places between KC Chowk to Kunjwani and they are charging Rs 200-300 entry per naka. Twenty five traffic nakas have been installed between Jammu to Katra. He said that now traffic lights have been made functional in Jammu and the foot prints of traffic cops should be reduced to 50 percent. He said that the transporters are already facing crises due to recent diesel prices hike and the entries of traffic cops adds more burden. Singh also demanded action against the erring traffic officer.

Addressing media persons here this evening, Kuldeep Singh informed that Taxi and minibus unions also extended their support to their strike call and tomorrow all commercial vehicles plying on Jammu-Kathua, Jammu-RS Pura, Jammu-Poonch, Jammu-Chammb and Jammu-Banihal route will be off the roads due to strike call.

Newly posted DIG Traffic Shakeel Beig called a meeting of transporters in the evening to sort out the issue. He had to face a tough situation on the first day of assuming charge today and managed to sort out the issue.

An official handout issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Jammu claimed that the strike call given by the transporters for September 15, 2012 was called off after conducting a detail meeting with DIG Traffic /SSP Traffic Jammu. President of all Routes and Union participated in the meeting and called off -strike after getting the assurance from concerned authorities to redress their genuine grievances.

Earlier in the morning, Kuldeep Singh president of Kathua-RS Pura route alleged that traffic cops have installed nakas at 17 places between KC Chowk to Kunjwani and they are charging Rs 200-300 entry per naka. Twenty five traffic nakas have been installed between Jammu to Katra. He said that now traffic lights have been made functional in Jammu and the foot prints of traffic cops should be reduced to 50 percent. He said that the transporters are already facing crises due to recent diesel prices hike and the entries of traffic cops adds more burden. Singh also demanded action against the erring traffic officer.


News Updated at : Saturday, September 15, 2012
 
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