People who ride a two-wheeler in Patiala, by covering their face to save themselves from dust or to avoid tanning due to sunlight need to beware, as it will now invite a police action against them.
The orders for imposing the ban were issued by the Patiala district magistrate (DM), under Section 144 (power to issue order in urgent cases of nuisance of apprehended danger) of the CrPC; and the orders are in force till November 8.
With the DM’s orders in hand, the Lahori Gate police have taken the initiative in such cases.
They have arrested three bikers in two days, who were riding two-wheelers by covering their faces.
The arrested persons have been identified as Manoj Singh and Gurkirat Singh; while Balwinder Singh was nabbed on Thursday.
The violators are being booked by the traffic police under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
As the offence is bailable, all the violators were released on bail by the police.
‘Was becoming shield for criminals’
Citing covering of face, tact of the miscreants to avoid identification while executing the crime, the local police have urged the Patiala DM to issue orders against it.
DM Ramvir said, “In view of some criminal activities, in which masked miscreants were involved, the police urged us to issue ban orders on covering the face while driving.”
Soft on women
Station house officer (SHO) GS Sikand said that by covering their faces, the criminals slip away from the eyes of CCTV cameras, after executing a crime.
“As most of the people are not aware of the ban orders, we let women violators go by issuing a warning. But if anybody is riding a bike by covering face, it is violation of law,” he said.
“Usually anti-social elements cover their faces while executing crime, and it becomes difficult for the police to trace them,” he added.