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41 challaned for covering faces while riding two-wheelers in Ludhiana

Ludhiana police commissioner RN Dhoke said that women who cover their faces while riding two-wheelers will also be challaned as the orders were general and not specifically for men.

punjab Updated: Jul 24, 2017 11:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Punjab police,Ludhiana Pastor,Indian Penal Code
Ludhiana police on Saturday registered 41 cases against those riding two wheelers with their faces covered.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

Under fire for not being able to crack the murder case of a 50-year-old pastor, who was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants with faces covered in the Salem Tabri area of Ludhiana a week ago, the city police on Saturday registered 41 cases against those riding two wheelers with their faces covered. This is apparently the highest number of cases registered in a single crime in one day in Ludhiana.

The police had installed check points at different places including division number 1, 2, 3 4, Daresi, Maherban, Sahnewal, Model Town, Sarabha Nagar among other areas of Ludhiana.

Onkar Singh, head constable at division number 2, said that on orders of higher authorities, many cases were registered against those covering their faces with handkerchief. “The accused in these cases will be summoned to the court where they have to deposit the penalty as ordered by the judge,” said Onkar.

Most of the cases were registered in division number 3 and Daresi and youth in the age group 18-25 were challaned for covering their faces with handkerchief. The cases were registered under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.

Ludhiana police commissioner RN Dhoke said, “In our experience, most criminals cover their faces while committing the crime to hide their identification. We have launched a drive against such people to deter criminals from escaping without being identified.”

The commissioner also said that women who cover their faces while riding two-wheelers will also be challaned as the orders were general and not specifically for men.

There have been several cases where fuel station staff was looted by armed miscreants who came with their faces covered. In wake of the increasing number of such cases, the petroleum association had decided to not provide fuel to those with covered faces. Such instances were mostly reported during night when the movement of vehicles near these pumps is less.

First Published: Jul 23, 2017 21:40 IST