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Driving 2-wheeler with family, a risky affair

DRIVING A two-wheeler was never as dangerous in the State capital as two similar mishaps this fortnight has suggested.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2006 20:34 IST

DRIVING A two-wheeler was never as dangerous in the State capital as two similar mishaps this fortnight has suggested.

Especially for families riding on motorcycle or scooter along with their children it has become increasingly risky due to the chaotic traffic. In both the incidents, two-wheelers were hit and the children fell off leading to their deaths.

At Ayodhya by-pass, an eight-year-old boy fell down after a truck hit the motorcycle from behind. The boy was crushed to death though the parents and the elder son were saved. The second incident occurred when a family of Tulsi Nagar was returning home at night and their infant son Ashwin fell from the vehicle when a truck hit them near Aishbagh.

Two things that emerge from the incidents—firstly, taking children out and particularly when family is riding in excess of vehicle capacity is fraught with danger because elders who fall on being hit can survive. But in case of children, who are more vulnerable, even a minor injury proves fatal.

Secondly, a strong movement is needed in the City to improve traffic and the police need to set its priorities right. The enthusiasm shown in penalising for helmet that was seen during drive to enforce helmet should equally reflect in all other aspects like educating and manning the squares and strict action against those who violate all kinds of traffic rules.

As it is, going by records of the past year available, most accidental deaths in Bhopal were recorded in the year gone by.

CID gets work!

With Sanjay Joshi case, the Crime Investigation Department (CID) seems to have at last got something important to work on. The CID had lost most of the important responsibilities in the last year.

The Anti-dacoity Cell of Madhya Pradesh police and the Special Task Force (STF) that earlier functioned under it were taken away from it. The cyber cell is hardly active and after a court order it had to send back scores of cases earlier sent here for investigation.

Little wonder, the case was a blessing in disguise for certain officials at CID. These officials are apparently so busy ascertaining the ‘veracity’ of CD that they don’t have time to touch any other thing. Even the PHQ that has many sensitive branches turns pale in comparison as far as security is concerned.

Prompt action

The arrest of a gang of professional extortionists, who were keeping a family confined to their house for weeks, has brought to the fore the law-and-order situation on the outskirts of the capital. Doubts are being raised how musclemen, who had taken a family hostage and were involved in dozens of cases could function so brazenly for such a long time without the knowledge of the staff at the Bagh Sewania police station. The alleged links of the gang to land mafia and a local politician suggest otherwise.

Was it that the complainant had managed to reach the top police officer of the district that the stern action promptly taken?

First Published: Jan 16, 2006 20:34 IST