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Cops hide face on complaint

Only three days after signing in on the online social network Facebook, the Noida traffic police found it difficult to respond to a post complaining about violation of its rule by a senior officer’s vehicle.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2011 00:12 IST
Darpan Singh

Only three days after signing in on the online social network Facebook, the Noida traffic police found it difficult to respond to a post complaining about violation of its rule by a senior officer’s vehicle.

Officials managing the Facebook page chose not to reply to the post after they found the car which allegedly jumped red lights belongs to senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Gautam Buddh Nagar district. The traffic police department has responded to each and every post and suggestion made so far. But in case of this post, the ball is still in the cops’ court to maintain the “two-way traffic approach”.

“We need to verify if the complaint is genuine. We also need to see if the SSP was in the vehicle when it allegedly jumped signals,” said an officer. Though he could not explain how he would do it. The complaint lodged by the Facebook user Herry Choudhary reads: “I was waiting at a red-light in sector 8 at 1.40 pm on April 17. A car (UP16 G0181) and a gypsy (UP16 G0399) came and jumped the signal. The vehicles jumped two more back-to-back signals.” Chaudhary dared the traffic police department to fine these two vehicles.

A traffic police officer, associated with the team managing the Facebook page, said, “As of now, we are not taking action on the basis of people’s complaints and suggestions. The idea is to get a sense of the problem areas.” But the inaction over Choudhary’s complaint has triggered many criticisms.

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, the Facebook page of Noida traffic police, seeks public support in terms of suggestions and complaints.