Cops crack down on reckless driving outside schools, colleges

Taking a serious note of an accident near Don Bosco School, in which a 12-year-boy was crushed under the wheels of a truck after he was thrown off a bicycle he was riding pillion with his friend, in Yerawada in March, top cops in the city have directed all police stations to take stern action against people driving or riding their vehicles recklessly.

Bringing things to a halt: Top cops have issued orders to all police stations to take strict action against any driver found performing stunts with his vehicle or driving recklessly, especially near schools and colleges. Representational Pic

¬†Police have been asked to crack down on youths who indulge in stunts on their vehicles and endanger their own as well as other people’s lives. The order was issued after a related question was raised in the ongoing monsoon state assembly session.

On March 12, Nagnath Balasaheb Kande, a Class VII student of a civic-run school and a resident of Jayprakashnagar in Yerawada, died on the spot while his friend, Manish Kanade (12), sustained minor injuries after a speeding truck hit their bicycle in front of Don Bosco School.

The accident sparked tension in the area as an angry mob gathered at the spot and police detained the truck driver. “A law and order problem arose from this case and angry mobs hit the roads and indulged in rasta roko. Strict action must be taken against drivers and riders of who use their vehicles recklessly and negligently,” stated the order that was meant for all police stations and traffic divisions.

The order states that strict action must be taken against people, who do not follow traffic rules while driving vehicles. While speaking to MiD DAY, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Vishwas Pandhare said that the directions have been issued after a related question was raised during the ongoing monsoon state assembly session.  He said that youths often indulge in stunts with their bikes, which is dangerous and harsh action will be taken against such people.

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