The next time you’re riding your motorbike without a helmet and plan to zoom across a traffic intersection because you see no policemen, think twice.
Chances are a group of 10 policemen have formed a human wall at the exit of the intersection, waiting to nab you and hundreds of similar traffic offenders.
The initiative by the Delhi Police, called Operation Chakravyuh, managed to prosecute almost 10,000 traffic violators across the city over the weekend.
More than 50% of the prosecutions was against bikers riding without helmets. Other fines were for three people riding one bike, dangerous driving, red-light jumping or driving without a licence.
“The idea behind this special operation is to make traffic violators realise they cannot get away every time. Our objective is to have better prosecution against rules breakers,” said Sandeep Goel, special commissioner of police (traffic).
The 21 locations where the drive was conducted included Paharganj, Azad market, Kingsway Camp, Madhuban, Select City Mall, Moti Nagar, Satyam traffic signal and Sarojini Nagar Market.
“We kept changing locations during every operation,” Goel said.
The entire operation involved more than 50 traffic police personnel, including officers who issued fines, constables for assistance, and supervisors. A total of 42,854 traffic challans were issued on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including those under the Chakravyuh initiative.
Chakravyūh refers to a special military formation narrated in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, which ensnares opponents and makes it impossible for them to come out.
As part of the operation, a human wall of traffic police personnel is made at each of the exit points of the intersections. With no traffic police present at entry points, traffic violators freely zoom past the road intersection, only to find cops waiting for them at the exit points.
The multi-tiered traffic cop formation is done in such a way that the violators cannot get away without being challaned, once they land in the Chakravyuh. The scheme was launched last year.
“The scheme will work as a major deterrent against traffic violation and at the same time curbing road accidents and violations,” said Goel.