A post on Facebook has shaken the police out of their slumber. The post on the Faridabad Traffic Police’s page says that police officials are seen dozing off under a flyover during duty hours. An inquiry has been ordered following the post. Besides, an order was also issued to identify the errant officials.
In fact, Facebook user Ajit Sharma commented on the traffic police’s Facebook page on Sunday. “Every day between 11am to 4pm, policemen of PCR gypsy number 29 are seen sleeping on charpoys under Neelam Flyover. Either there is no traffic-related problems during this period or incidents of crime don’t take place in Faridabad?” questions the post.
Sources said the sight of policemen sleeping either inside the PCR vans or on charpoys under the flyover is quite common during the months of summer. “Yes, I have also seen the comment on facebook page of Faridabad Traffic Police,” said Anil Kumar Rao, joint commissioner of police (JCP).
“I have ordered an inquiry into the matter,” he told the Hindustan Times over the phone. “We are getting the complaint investigated and have also asked to identify the errant policemen,” he said, adding that strict action will be taken against the such staff.
Senior police officers said the social networking site has helped them look into such issues. “The comment has drawn our attention towards a serious issue and we are trying to rectify it,” said a senior police official.
It doesn’t matter whether the police vehicles and the officials manning them belong to the police department or the traffic police, what matters is why such dereliction of duty, he added. “The Faridabad Traffic Police had joined the social networking site more than three months ago,” said Atma Ram, a traffic police inspector.
However, the comments on Facebook have not received any response from the traffic police on Facebook.
Sources said due to dearth of computer-literate cops who could respond to the public grievances, the queries lie