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Revelry spurs traffic snarls

Jamshedpur, July 13: Rules and regulations could not dampen the enthusiasm of JMM supporters.

Frenzied celebrations by the party’s youth brigade today sent traffic out of gear for over an hour in one of the busiest points of the city — Sakchi roundabout.

Around 700 members of Jharkhand Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of JMM, whizzed in on around 400 bikes and 20 SUVs from different parts of the city and converged at the roundabout around noon.

The revelry continued till 1.30pm, triggering traffic snarls. Private and commercial vehicles were stranded for hours on the stretch that witnesses more than 2.5 lakh vehicles everyday.

“It was disgusting. I had to visit a relative at Tata Main Hospital and it took me more than 35 minutes to cross the roundabout. Vehicles were simply stuck and traffic was moving at snail’s pace,” said Rekha Jha.

Ignorant of the commuters’ problems, East Singhbhum district president of Jharkhand Yuva Morcha Mahabir Murmu termed the road show as “people’s celebration”.

Dhalbhum subdivisional officer Subodh Kumar, however, preferred to pass the buck. “We had been alerted by the special branch about such celebration, though no permission was sought from the administration. Acting upon the alert, we informed local police officers to take necessary steps to ensure hassle-free vehicular movement. It was the duty of Sakchi police to maintain law and order,” he added.

Sakchi OC I.B. Ojha played down the incident. “There was no major law and order problem. We tried our best to control traffic and diverted it via other routes,” said the officer.