The city traffic police issued a challan to the family members of a police inspector for installing an unauthorised blue beacon atop his vehicle.
Though the Supreme Court has directed that red or blue beacons can only be used by politicians and top officials, some Punjab police officers appear to be following their own rules on this matter.
The Tata indica car in which the inspector's family members were travelling was stopped near Jagraon Bridge by traffic cops led by
assistant subinspector Pritam Singh, who removed the beacon atop the vehicle. A plate with 'inspector' written on it was also installed on the vehicle, which the police also removed.
The car's occupants tried to persuade them not to remove it, asking them to talk to the inspector over the phone, but the cops refused. However, they were allowed to proceed after being warned not to repeat the mistake in future.
"A police inspector isn't authorised to install a blue beacon on his vehicle. The family even failed to produce any document permitting the beacon. The car's occupants tried to put pressure on us but we didn't listen to them," said Pritam Singh.