UT cops clueless in hit-and-run cases

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2014 12:12 IST

The Chandigarh Police are found completely lacking when it comes to tracing the vehicles involved in hit-and-run incidents.

The CCTV cameras installed at various traffic intersections and roundabouts fail to serve any purpose as the motorists manage to escape with no proof left behind.

A vehicle managed to escape in the accident which occurred on the Housing Board light point on Sunday night, leaving five injured and one killed. The police have not been able to identify the vehicle. About three days back, a woman and her daughter were hit by a pick-up van at the railway light point at midnight, but the vehicle involved in hit-and-run managed to escape.

The teenager died while her mother was admitted to hospital.

The woman and her daughter were on a two-wheeler. The majority of hit-and-run incidents occur at night and the CCTV cameras fail to show clearly the number plates of the vehicles involved. In the past six months, more than 25 hit-and-run incidents have taken place in Chandigarh with 20 of them proving fatal. In the past four years, of a total of around 1,700 accidents, 355 were reported between 9pm and 12am.

In the first four months of this year, 25 accidents were reported between 9 pm and 12 am and in about seven cases the vehicles have not been traced.

The city needs 250 night-vision cameras and a total of 650 cameras to keep tabs on such incidents.

In the past, tenders invited to install these cameras have evoked poor response with only two consultants coming forward.

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