Beacon set to make a comeback on Punjab cops’ vehicles
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Beacon set to make a comeback on Punjab cops’ vehicles

DSP-rank, higher officials will be able to use special blue-red magnetic LED bar, govt had earlier banned beacons to end VIP culture

punjab Updated: Sep 28, 2017 12:38 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva
Ravinder Vasudeva
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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“We worked very hard for it for many years, and now you say remove it. What about the security issues,” Rana Gurjit told Hindustan Times, adding with reluctance if the party decides he would follow it.(Representation Image)

Beacons are all set to be back atop vehicles of Punjab Police officials, six months after the Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government barred its officials, MLAs and ministers from using them.

A notification regarding the use of special red-blue beacon for vehicles of DSP-rank and above officials will be issued in the next few days, said sources.

The Congress, in its poll manifesto, had promised to remove official beacons to end VIP culture and Captain passed orders in this regard soon after assuming power. Only emergency and fire services were exempted from the beacon ban.

A DGP-rank official told HT that the need for beacons atop vehicles was felt during the law and order crisis arising after the Sirsa dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s rape conviction.

“Our officials found it tough to move around in hostile conditions. During the curfew, the cops on duty could not make out whether the vehicle on the road was that of police or general public,” said another official.

Justifying the move to allow special beacons, a top police official said the job of police was different from a civil servant. “Sometimes, the cops need to show authority to control law and order problem. A senior official of the department took up the issue with the chief minister,” he said.

The new beacons will be different from the regular blue and amber beacons used earlier by police officials. “It’s a magnetic LED bar that would emit blue and red light. This will be used only during the duty hours. A wireless set is also being provided in all these vehicles,” said government sources.

A senior official asserted that beacon exemption to police vehicles won’t dilute the government’s will to end VIP culture. “It’s not like a regular beacon that cops can flaunt,’ he added.

On May 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government atthe Centre had also banned use of beacons atop vehicles of all ministers and central government officials.

Strap: Turnaround Notification coming soon, DSP-rank and above officials will be able to use special blue-red magnetic LED bar, govt had earlier banned beacons to end VIP culture

Ban and six months later...

*To end VIP culture, the Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government had barred its officials, MLAs and ministers from using beacons soon after assuming power in March this year.

*Only emergency and fire services were exempted from the beacon ban.

*The need for beacons atop vehicles was felt during the law and order crisis arising after the Sirsa dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s rape conviction in August. Senior police officials took up the matter with Amarinder.

First Published: Sep 28, 2017 09:54 IST