The police stations in Patna have been given a month’s time to ensure autorickshaws plying in areas under their jurisdiction have the unique identification numbers.
The move comes after a few criminal incidents involving autorickshaw drivers occurred in the capital. Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaj said: “Autorickshaw drivers should be prepared to see their licences and registrations being cancelled if their vehicles are found without the unique number.”
“A vigil is on. There are still a few autorickshaws, which have not got the unique numbers. Instructions have been sent to the station house officers to ensure that the autorickshaws plying in their areas are numbered accordingly. We are making a list to find out how many autorickshaws have so far been numbered. By October-end we would start a drive against the errant autorickshaws,” the officer said.
At present, over 30,000 autorickshaws ply in Patna. Former SSP B.S. Meena ideated the unique numbering process for autorickshaws in December 2010 after some drivers were accused in a gang rape.
Two autorickshaw drivers raped the victim, a resident of Jamunia area in Uttar Pradesh’s Gazipur district, hours after she had got down at Patna Junction on December 4, 2010. However, providing the unique numbers was stopped and again revived in 2012 by then SSP Amrit Raj after the December 16 Delhi gang rape.
“Over 80 per cent of the autorickshaws now have the unique code. However, there are still some vehicles, which don’t have the numbers. Since incidents of crime involving autorickshaws have come to the fore recently, it is necessary for the autorickshaws to have the unique codes,” another police officer said.
He added that if the police are successful in apprehending an autorickshaw driver involved in a crime, he flees leaving behind the vehicle. “With the unique police code on the vehicle, we can easily identify and nab the driver,” he said.
According to the plan, if an autorickshaw’s originating point is Kotwali, its unique code will be K-1. The second autorickshaw will be coded K-2 and so on. All police stations have separate registers with details of autorickshaw drivers. For example, the Kotwali police station has the name of the driver, the registration number, his mobile number, his address, the name and address of the autorickshaw owner for the vehicle coded K-1.