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HindustanTimes Sat,02 Aug 2014

Police clamp down on biker gangs, 17 entry points on radar

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 29, 2013
First Published: 22:43 IST(29/7/2013) | Last Updated: 01:34 IST(30/7/2013)

The police may be facing flak for shooting at and killing a teenaged biker in the city early on Sunday morning, but there are no plans to stop the crackdown on "rowdy" bikers in the city.


 
The police are also contemplating arresting Puneet Sharma, the 19-year-old who was injured in Sunday morning’s shooting incident in which his friend, Karan Pandey died. Charges of rash and negligent driving and obstructing a public servant from performing his duty will be pressed against Sharma.
 
This despite the various questions raised by victim’s family as well as experts.
 
The police have maintained that the stunt bikers - more than 50 in number – were a rowdy lot and had turned violent. They also claimed that ample warning had been given before opening fire and the police officer was aiming at the bike’s tyre. 
 
The latest crackdown will not just be limited to the weekends anymore. The police have decided to also extend the drive to weekdays as well.
 
On Sunday night, the police checked 860 two-wheelers out of which 59 were fined for violating traffic rules. Ten vehicles were impounded.
 
The police have also come up with a new strategy whereby they will involve local police, traffic police personnel as well as PCR vans. Policemen on two-wheelers will patrol the vulnerable areas and will alert the static force of any suspicious movement. The local police will erect barricades accordingly.

"We have identified 17 vulnerable points from where bikers enter New Delhi area. On these points, a joint team of PCR, traffic and local police will conduct checking," said Tejender Luthra, joint commissioner of police (New Delhi range).

Modifications or enhancements in bikes will now be considered an offence and such vehicles will be seized, police said. 

Moreover, if the rider/owner of the bike is a youth, his vehicle will only be released after his parents give a written undertaking. Two boys on a bike will raise a flag and not be allowed to enter the New Delhi district till the police personnel are satisfied they have a genuine reason to go there.

These measures are a part of the strategy of the Delhi police to control the growing biker menace in the city.
 
Pandey’s autopsy by a panel of three doctors – two from Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and one from the University College of Medical Sciences - was conducted on Monday evening at MAMC. The report is expected on Tuesday.

An inquiry at the sub divisional magistrate level has also begun.


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