All you guys who want to do stunt-biking and drag-racing on city roads, beware.
Traffic police is going to hunt you down, collect Rs2,000 as fine, seize your bike and return it only after you have met certain conditions of the traffic police. Not just that, even citizens can enforce the law against you, and they are authorised to do so under Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
The traffic police started the crackdown after a speeding two-wheeler rider knocked down eight-year-old Yatish while he was crossing the road to get into his school in Jnanaganganagar on Kengeri-Nagarabhavi Ring Road on Saturday. The youth riding the two-wheeler was doing a wheelie.
DCP Traffic (East), BA Muthanna, told DNA: “A person found speeding or performing stunts on city roads will be fined Rs2,000; the two-wheeler will be seized, and will be handed back to parents of the youth on one condition – that all the modifications be removed from the bike.”
The anti-stunt-biking drive has already seen three motorcycles being seized.
Bikers’ stunts have become a nuisance for other road users and pedestrians, and in some cases, resulted in a tragedy. In August, a motorcycle was set on fire at Sajjan Rao circle by bystanders when the rider lost control and rammed into parked vehicles. In another incident in August, a pedestrian was killed on Laggere Road when a biker’s stunt went awry.
Muthanna says citizens too can help. Article 43 of the CrPC, 1973, authorises any citizen to make a ‘citizen arrest’. It’s an option available to the citizens to arrest “any person who in his presence commits a non-bailable and cognisable offence, or any proclaimed offender, and without unnecessary delay…”
But Muthanna cautions against misuse of such authorisation.