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Gandhigiri by mistake

Call it Gandhigiri or traffic police's mistake!

india Updated: Jan 07, 2009 18:18 IST

Call it Gandhigiri or traffic police's mistake!

Roses, meant for the law-abiding citizens, were given to those who broke the rules during the 'Safety Week' observed here.

It should have been the other way round. The roses given to traffic police were meant for the law-abiding citizens who adhered to the lane discipline and halted their vehicles without overstepping the Zebra crossing for pedestrians, Deputy Commissioner of Pune Traffic Police Manoj Patil said today.

However, the message that the misplaced roses sent out as a result of the apparent miscommunication had a positive side to it.

Patil said the roses when handed over to those who violated traffic norms left them feel ashamed and the general public appreciated this 'Gandhigiri'. Some erring drivers reportedly refused to accept the roses saying that they would prefer to pay the fine.

There has been no let up in Pune's traffic woes as the city's population is increasing due to the expansion of IT, auto and educational sectors. Besides, the city has the maximum number of two-wheelers in the country.