The north-south divide came to the fore in the city again on Sunday as Chandigarh Police sealed the roads by setting up 68 “nakas” (checkpoints) on internal roads of which maximum were seen on dividing roads of southern sectors.
The police were criticised for its three-hour city seal drive as commuters claimed that they were harassed. The “nakas” set up in front of Centra Mall, Colony Number 4, CTU workshop and the road leading to from transport light point to The Tribune, turned out to be major obstacles for those going towards Elante mall.
Commuters alleged that cops were stopping vehicles bearing registration numbers of Himachal, Haryana and Punjab. Gurdev Singh of SAS Nagar said: I came with my family to watch a movie at Elante mall, but missed it as there was a chaos on the road.”
A Sector 32 resident, Mohit Kumar, said he got stuck in a traffic jam in front of Centra Mall. He has to take another route to reach his destination.
Police sources said a total of 777 cops were deployed on outer and inner roads of the city for checking vehicles. Cops on duty admitted that commuters were getting irritated by frequent stops. Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sukhchain Singh Gill said more “nakas” were set up on roads in southern sectors as these areas were crime-prone.