Cops have started registering cases against those riding two-wheelers with their faces covered in violation of police commissioner Amar Singh Chahal’s order. Police have registered at least 20 cases so far, and aim to intensify the drive.
“The police commissioner a few days back issued order banning people from riding two-wheelers with their faces covered. As people failed to shun this practice, they were giving warnings initially. Now, we have started registering cases against the violators. We have registered at least 20 cases under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) so far,” said deputy commissioner of police (DCP) J Elanchezhian on Friday.
The DCP said it has been seen many a times anti-social elements cover their faces to prevent identification while committing crimes. On being questioned if the initiative is a fallout of the murderous attack on a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader in Jalandhar, in which the assailants had covered their faces, the DCP said, “It is just a coincidence. This move of the Amritsar police should not been seen in that context.”
Although the DCP stressed that cases will also be registered against women caught defying the order, till now all the cases registered are against men.