The display of stunts by bikers during UT police's traffic awareness rally on Sunday has not gone down well with the UT IGP RP Upadhyaya. Taking strong exception to display of stunts, the IGP has sought explanation from the senior police officials present during the rally.
The bikers displayed acts of daredevilry at the parking opposite the Government Museum and Art Gallery even as the rally was organised to spread awareness about road safety.
The IGP, who was on official leave since Friday and was out of station, was aware of the rally but not the stunt show. On Monday, Upadhyaya was shocked to find the pictures and write-ups on the stunts performed by the professional bikers.
Taking a serious note, the IGP called senior police officials, including UT DIG Alok Kumar, SSP Naunihal Singh and SSP (traffic) Maneesh Chaudhry. Showing his displeasure over the incident, the IGP asked the officials as to who allowed these stunts to be performed during a road safety rally organised by the Chandigarh Police.
The police sources state that Naunihal Singh told the IGP that it was his idea to get the stunts performed to create awareness that it should be done only by getting professional training and not otherwise.
The IGP has sought an explanation from all three officials and they have been asked to reply within a week.
"The rally was organised to spread message of road safety. I fail to understand the need of display of stunts during the rally. The stunts have defeated the very purpose of spreading awareness about road safety. Otherwise also the execution of stunts is not only dangerous but also illegal according to the Motor Vehicle Act. The performing of dangerous stunts during a rally where senior officers are present sends a wrong message," The IGP said.
The UT SSP Naunihal Singh was not available for comment. The IGP also told the officials that stunts and biker clubs are being discouraged all over the nation, including Delhi and Mumbai, whereas Chandigarh Police did the opposite by allowing stunts during a rally.
The Motor Vehicle Act 1988 mentions that whoever drives a motor vehicle at a speed or in a manner which is dangerous to the public, including the nature, condition and use of the place where the vehicle is driven, would be punishable for the first offence with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine which may extend to Rs 1,000. For the second offence, if committed within three years of the commission of previous similar offence, results in imprisonment for a term, which may extend to two years, or with fine which may extend to Rs 2,000, or with both.