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Police quote ongoing investigation to refuse information on illegal openings

Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, December 22, 2012
First Published: 00:35 IST(22/12/2012) | Last Updated: 00:40 IST(22/12/2012)

Police department has come up with an "unconvincing reply" to an RTI activist, who had sought information regarding more than a dozen illegal openings plugged earlier on Gill road by police to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

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"I was shocked when I received a reply from police. They refused to supply the desired information on the pretext that the matter was still under investigation and parting with the details could hamper probe," RTI activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira remarked.

Khaira said that he had informed police immediately after he came across broken barricades on July 6, 2012. As police took no action, he filed a written complaint with police commissioner Ishwar Singh on July 16, but to no avail, he added.

"Police took no action even two months after the filing of the complaint. At last, I filed an RTI query on October 26 to seek information on action taken by police on my complaint," said Khaira.

The RTI activist argued that it was not such a sensitive matter that parting with information could hamper investigation. "It is a matter of implementation of rules. Police are dilly-dallying on the matter to oblige political bosses instead of ensuring illegal openings are plugged," he said.

Khaira said that he had since moved the state information commission.

He claimed that even traffic management had fallen victim to politics. That was the reason police were reluctant to close down illegal passages and openings on Gill road that were damaged around five months ago, the RTI activist alleged.

He said that he had come to know that area politicians did not want illegal cuts to be re-plugged.

It is pertinent to mention here that police had put up barricades and cement blocks to close down around 15 illegal openings on Gill around six months ago. However, these were again reopened by area residents to access Gill road.

J Elanchezhian, assistant commissioner of police (traffic), said that police plugged illegal openings for the convenience of masses but some people reopened the same for their own convenience.

He assured that police would again plug the openings and also take action against those trying to reopen the blockades.

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