As part of the "city seal" initiative to check promptness of cops, the Chandigarh police set up nakas across the city on Saturday. Seventy barricades were set up through the length and breadth of the city this afternoon, an exercise to check the police response time in case of any eventuality. Out of the total, 18 barricades were put up on the city's border.
The nakas were set up at Sector 7, 9, 11, 15, 19, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31, 37, 38 (West), 40, 44, 47 and colonies, to mention a few. The city residents could witness the huge presence of police on all rotaries.
The deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and station house officers (SHOs) were told well in advance about the initiative. They were told to set up barricades from 3 pm to 5 pm.
Under the initiative, registration numbers of a motorcycle and car each were announced, which the cops had to intercept. They were, however, not provided with the colour or make of the car or motorcycle to be intercepted.
In the two-hour exercise, the motorcycle was cited at two barricades, but the car managed to make a slip from all nakas without being getting noticed. The motorcycle was noticed at the barricades in Sector 7 and near Manimajra.
Elaborating on the initiative, UT deputy inspector general (DIG) Alok Kumar said, "The exercise was aimed at checking the response time of our force and to notice their alertness. This time they were told well in advance about the initiative, but next time the exercise will be undertaken without any prior notice."
The DIG said, "We have announced a reward of Rs 1,000 for the cop who intercepts the motorcycle and car. The cops who fail to notice the vehicles at the barricades will be questioned for their lax attitude."
The names of cops who would be rewarded would be announced in a day.
UT inspector general of police (IGP) RP Upadhyaya said, "A detailed plan to check the promptness of the city police has been chalked out. The exercise will be held from time to time to train the force and check their alertness in case of a major incident."
Scooter of scribe doing reality check impounded
Even as the Chandigarh police were checking their cops for alertness, a local vernacular also carried out a parallel check which backfired. The reporter was roaming about on a scooter and a call was made to the police that he was moving on a stolen scooter. The police nabbed the reporter at a naka near the Sector-3 police station. The person claimed that he was reporter and was checking police alertness. The police let off the reporter but impounded the scooter claiming that they got a call regarding scooter's theft and they were duty bound to impound the vehicle.