During a special checking, a team of the traffic police, accompanied by district transport officer (DTO) Anil Kumar Garg, slapped challans on a judicial magistrate and 29 others for traffic violations. The team also impounded three vehicles as the drivers failed to produce relevant documents.
The special naka was laid under the supervision of Richa Agnihotri, assistant commissioner of police ACP (Traffic), Ludhiana, and other senior officials of the district administration and the police.
The police team stopped a blue-beacon car with two occupants. The man in the driver's seat identified himself as a judicial magistrate, but failed to produce a driving licence. The cops let him go, but later slapped a challan, which would be sent to the violator through post.
The police and district transport officers were reluctant to disclose the judicial magistrate's name. Police sources identified him as Tanveer Singh, posted in Nawanshahr.
Fake Press stickers were removed from three cars. A sticker bearing the words 'chief minister's residence' was removed from the car of a Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) official.
The police also stopped the car of local member of Parliament (MP) Ravneet Singh Bittu, who was accompanied by MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu. However, the police let them go as no traffic violation was found.
A relative of Independent MLA Balwinder Singh Bains had a heated exchange with police officials after the MLA's sticker was removed from his car. Bains called up the officials and informed them that it was his own car and the sticker was genuine, after which the police released the vehicle.
The ACP (traffic) said the police would continue the drive against traffic violators, adding that nobody would be spared, no matter what position he or she held.