Taking out a leaf from the sting operations book of media to unearth scams, traffic wing of Ludhiana police commissionerate would now adopt the same approach to nab traffic cops red-handed while accepting bribes from erring drivers to let them go without chalan.
Ludhiana's new ACP (traffic) Naveen Singla said corruption would not be tolerated in the department. He admitted that he had learnt from sources and general public that the cops deputed at various cross roads of the city indulged in taking money from commuters for not rewarding a chalan to them for the violation they commit.
"The traffic wing would form a team that would prowl on the roads in private vehicle, probably bearing the registration of some other district or state, to keep a track on the cops," the ACP said.
He said he would follow the projects that were initiated by predecessors. The wing would strengthen the towing-away drive, by adding more recovery vans.
The traffic wing would lay an emphasis on infrastructure with help of the municipal corporation and other departments concerned for the easy flow of the traffic, he added.
The ACP said as heavy traffic flow had been reported in the morning hours, cops deputed at various cross roads have been asked to emphasise on managing traffic, instead of rewarding chalans of violators.
Zero tolerance on black film
Following the directions of the Supreme Court, the traffic wing would not tolerate filming on the glasses of vehicles. Officials have already removed black filming from the windowpanes of their vehicles. In the past few days, the police have removed black filming from at least 1,600 vehicles.
Rs 9-lakh fine collected from towed vehicles
The traffic wing has earned Rs 9 lakh as fine collected from towed vehicles till now. The income has been deposited in the Community Police Resource Centre. The police have towed-away at least 3,543 vehicles from various roads in the city till now. According to the ACP (traffic), the wing would buy alco meters, raincoats, reflectors, jackets and torches for traffic cops.