The officers of Delhi Police, guarding buses at Millennium Park bus depot near the Games Village, were in a shock when their vehicles were towed away by the traffic wing of their own department.
According to the police sources, policemen posted there use their personal vehicles to reach the spot and, till now, were parking them in front of the depot.
But two days ago, the traffic police towed away nearly 300 vehicles parked on the pavement outside the depot.
“It was a preventive not a punitive measure. The athletes used to go from that area and we couldn't allow vehicles to be parked outside the depot,” said Ajay Chadha, Special Commissioner of Police (traffic).
“There was a parking problem but now we have provided the parking for policemen at Bhairon Road at ITPO. They can take shuttle service from there to reach the depot,” Chadha added.
According to the sources, the policemen were facing parking problems ever since they were posted at the bus depot. The traffic police had even warned them for parking their vehicles on the pavement.
"We are supposed to report on duty at 3am and at that time we can't get Metro or bus to reach the Millennium Park. We have to come by our own vehicle and since there is no arrangement for parking, we are bound to park it on the pavement. On Thursday our vehicles were towed away,” said a constable, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media.
“There is some problem and we are taking care of it,” said Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic). As many as 1,000 policemen are posted at the Millennium Park bus depot.
“They should have given us some option to park our vehicle. If that wasn't possible, they should have at least arranged for transportation service. We have to fight within department,” a constable said, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media.