Pune: With the social intent of creating awareness among citizens to vote, a group of enthusiastic bikers had planned a bike rally across the city. But, soon after starting the rally, they all landed up in a police station for not obtaining proper police permission to organise the rally, on Sunday.
The city-based bikers group 'Biker by Religion' with 26 bikers, had planned an awareness rally in the city covering areas like Koregaon Park, Fergusson College Road, Sangamwadi, Viman Nagar, M.G. Road and Aundh. However, when the rally had reached the MG road, it was stopped by the police.
Speaking on the issue, one of the organising member of the group Akash Parab said, "It was our first such rally and we did not have much idea about the permission needed from various authorities. We had submitted a letter to Pune traffic police but we did not have no objection certificate from the commissionerate and our rally was stopped by the police."
"We are politically neutral and did not promote any candidate. All we did was spread awareness to vote. Though I felt bad the police action, we wish there was proper guidance by the authorities in creating awareness regarding voting," added Shubham Thorat, another member of the group.
When contacted, sub inspector Rajendra Mulik of Koregaon Park police station said, "The case has been filed against the group for carrying out the rally without taking proper permission from the concerned authorities. They were hooting on the main road near SGS Mall and disturbing the traffic around. The rally was stopped when one of the constables gave the information of the rally to the station."