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Police want multi-coloured beacons in their vehicles

The Centre’s ban on red and blue beacons has made it difficult for Rajasthan police to control law and order situations in volatile areas, senior officials said, asking for multi-coloured beacons to command authority over people

jaipur Updated: Jul 03, 2017 20:57 IST
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A special vehicle of police department with beacon lights.
A special vehicle of police department with beacon lights. (HT File Photo)

The Centre’s ban on red and blue beacons has made it difficult for Rajasthan police to control law and order situations in volatile areas, senior officials said, asking for multi-coloured beacons to command authority over people.

The Union cabinet ended the practice of using red beacons from May 1. The government also made amendments to the rule governing the use of blue beacons. Ambulances, fire tenders and police cars were allowed to use blue beacons in cases of emergency that will be notified.

“Police officials in the field, particularly the station house officers, face difficulties when it comes to controlling law and order situations as without any beacon, people often refuse to obey their commands,” additional director general of police (law and order) NRK Reddy told HT.

A recent example was the happenings in Sanvrad, the village of slain gangster Anandpal Singh. After Singh’s death in a police encounter, angry villagers vandalised a police vehicle and injured the Jaswantgarh SHO.

“In May, we had written a letter to the government, asking it to provide at least multi-coloured beacons for police officials serving in the field,” said Reddy. “In a police district, the SHOs and the superintendent of police are instrumental in maintaining peace.”

The police are yet to get multi-coloured beacons. According to transport department officials, the beacons could be provided after each district furnishes a complete list of vehicles requiring them and the people who will use them.

“We have sent out letters to the SPs to provide us details of the vehicles. Special stickers will be provided to them along with the beacons. So far we have received the details of only Alwar district,” Hans Kumar Sharma, additional transport commissioner (rules), told HT.

He said a list of 92 vehicles has been provided by the Alwar administration.

“Once the lists are provided, we can coordinate with district transport officials to speed up the process (of allotting beacons),” Sharma said.