Flipside of Anna’s movement: Traffic violations galore

August 24th, 2011 - 2:43 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) Activist Anna Hazare may be fighting to wipe out corruption from society but what is drawing the ire of the police is the growing number of traffic violations by his supporters, with 336 people being booked for various offences over the last three days.

A total of 170 protesters were booked in the capital for triple riding and riding two wheelers without helmets Tuesday, said Joint Commissioner of Police Traffic Satyendra Garg.

“On the day before, it was 126 prosecutions. The day before that there were 40 challans (fines),” Garg posted on the traffic police’s Facebook page late Tuesday.

“Apart from onthe spot prosecutions, we have video recordings of hundreds of violations for which we will be sending challans to registered addresses,” he added.

Urging people people to follow traffic rules, Garg said: “A request from traffic police to everybody to follow traffic rules for one’s own safety and discipline on the road.”

Hazare’s fast which started Aug 16 and entered the ninth day Wednesday, has drawn thousands of supporters from across the country.

Sumita Sharma, a housewife and supporter of Hazare’s cause said: “I am all for Anna’s cause. However it’s sad that a bunch of people who claim to be his supporters flout traffic norms and misbehave with women…it just gives the whole movement a bad name.”

“These people should realise that their silly mistakes can jeopardize Anna’s epic movement and what he is fighting for at the cost of his life,” said Rajesh Sharma, an office-goer.

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