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When a cop got into my car, and we chased down red-light violators

Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, November 13, 2013
First Published: 10:46 IST(13/11/2013) | Last Updated: 10:47 IST(13/11/2013)

It was a scene straight out of any Bollywood flick. On Tuesday afternoon a tough chase was given to traffic offenders for about two kilometres, till they were caught at a dead end by a traffic cop that too in a journalist's car.

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I was coming from a traffic awareness rally held to observe second day of the Chandigarh Police Week. I was driving on the road dividing Sector 44 and 51 and when I turned left on the road dividing Sector 44 and 45, I got slow to observe why a traffic cop was running on the road when suddenly he came, opened the rear door and made himself comfortable in my car.

I looked back in surprise, but he asked me to chase a group of youngsters who had jumped red light and were rashly driving their white Swift Dzire car.

Traffic cop Janak Raj said he was, in fact, running behind the vehicle, bearing Himachal Pradesh registration number, to stop it. "They did not stop even after I signalled them to," said Janak Raj, while I was meandering my way to catch the youngsters zipping on the road at a speed of more than 90 kmph. The cop was hopeful that we would be able to catch them on the traffic light between Sector 44 and 45, but the Swift Dzire driver did not apply brakes and suddenly turned towards Sector 44.

The car took a complete round of the sector crossing St Joseph's School, Sector 44, at high speed not caring for any traffic on the busy narrow lane. The car driver, hailing from Pathankot, not well-versed with the city roads, turned the vehicle into the congested Sector 44-D roads to confuse the driver of the chasing car, without realising that he was hitting dead end.

Always criticised for my driving, I managed to follow the car, helping the cop to catch the offenders. The traffic cop, who was performing his duty, was thankful for helping him chase the erring driver. The group of five youngsters was surprised to be chased by a woman driver.
 
The youngsters, in fact, told the cop that they had initially stopped but a passerby guided them to zip away as the cop was on foot. The car driver was challaned for `2,000 for rash driving and jumping red light, for which they humbly sought forgiveness from the cop.

The group was in the city to get the registration certificate of their friend's car, released from Chandigarh court, which was challaned about three months back.

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