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Speedbreaker, painmaker

Where else but in Delhi will the words ?police barricade? conjure up images of endless queues of vehicles.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 02:31 IST

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Hindustantimes
         

Where else but in Delhi will the words ‘police barricade’ conjure up images of endless queues of vehicles. This, dear motorists, is Delhi Police’s formidable attempt at checking crime and nabbing criminals. We are yet to receive concrete reports on how many stolen cars have been actually being stopped and saved at any of these mobile pickets, not to mention terrorists and criminals pulled out of their cars.

It’s a different matter altogether that as buses, autos and cars nudge each other to be first past the police post, the men in uniform swoop with grave intent on bikers sans their helmets. You may protest that this is not their job, them not being traffic police. But then, hey, everyone needs a purpose in life. One would have expected that years of this futile exercise would have helped the police devise a better method to flash-check cars.

Security concerns are real, and by and large, citizens comply without grumbling too much. But finding conclusive evidence to what makes the police teams’ mind work out such paradigm-shifting strategies to control crime can send the average Delhiite quite round the bend. Perhaps the strategy is simple: if people are put through such discomfort, they may actually believe that the police is doing something useful.