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Biker gang caught doing road stunts

- Youths released after paying fines

Guwahati, Nov. 12: Traffic police caught 10 bikers last evening while making dangerous stunts on the busy GS Road. All of them were riding at a speed of 80-90 km/hr and four of them without helmets, which could have proved fatal any moment. The traffic cops seized 10 motorcycles.

All of them were released today with fines under Section 184 of Motor Vehicle Act on charges of dangerous driving.

The incident highlighted the growing tendency of stunt-biking by young boys on the city streets.

Late tonight, two persons were injured in an accident at Lalmati on National Highway 37 around 9.30pm. “We heard a thud near our police station around 9.30pm and rushed out to find two youths lying on the road. We also found a bike and suspect that they were riding on it,” a police official of Basistha police station said. The two, identified as Jatin Barman, 35, and Ananta Baishya, 29, were rushed to GMCH.

Traffic constables manning the GS Road struggled for more than half-an-hour before they managed to catch the group of bikers, which created chaos at Sreenagar and Ganeshguri, showing no concern for other commuters.

Traffic cops raised alarm after the group of bikers was found riding at a dangerous pace at Paltan Bazar but their attempt to stop them failed before laying hands on them at Sreenagar and Ganeshguri, about 4km away. Police probing the incident at Dispur police station said the bikers, aged between 18 and 22 years, violated the permissible speed limits of 40km/hr inside the city.

With motorcycles, fitted with sirens provided to the traffic cops few years ago, lying unused because of lack of maintenance and the city lacking mechanism for monitoring speed limits, cops here are left with no other option but to put up barricades on the streets and catch the racers.

“Riding a bike or a car above 40 km/hr is not allowed inside the city but we have caught many young boys riding their bikes at 80-90 km/hr. Most of these boys try to perform stunts on the road, which can turn dangerous any moment, not only for them but also for other commuters. We have caught many of them but in many cases parents come to the police station, pays the fine and take away their children. We want the parents’ support to check this dangerous tendency,” a senior traffic police officer told The Telegraph.

The police said the number of racing bikes on the streets, too, has increased as these bikes are now available in the city and many parents are buying them for their children.

Many, however, asked why the police were not taking up the issue with the motorcycle companies and those selling the racing bikes, because it was creating problem on the city streets. “Young boys are getting attracted by the stunt shows on the television and hence they are going for those racing bikes and putting the lives in danger. If required, the government should officially ban the racing bikes on the streets as racing is not allowed on public roads,” Prashanta Kumar Dutta, a city resident, said.

GMCH has also received many accident cases because of rash biking and doctors at the hospital’s emergency unit said most of the deaths in motorcycle accidents were from head injuries as many do not wear helmets.