If you spot policemen every 1.5km on important roads in the run-up to the New Year, it’s because of Aamir Khan.
With Dhoom-3 zooming past Chennai Express and other big movies this year, the police are being deployed to catch self-styled Aamirs who, influenced by the bike stunts in the movie, want to zip through Patna’s streets in their bikes, driving rashly and endangering others’, and their own, lives.
The police will not just catch the rash bikers, but also confiscate their bikes and not return them till the second week of January.
“New Year eve is a risky time. Many indulge in drinking and driving. To make it worse, fog reduces visibility in the evenings. Drinking and driving during this period can be a risky affair. We have decided two-wheelers will be returned only after festivities end and order returns,” a police officer said.
Patna police have an anti-rash driving cell that has 12 teams of three policemen — a sub-inspector and two constable-rank officers — each. But to cope with the increased tendency to drive rashly this season, now 16 such teams have been stationed at different places, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said. He further said: “The anti-rash driving cell has been instructed to act swiftly on rash driving, especially if the driver is under influence of liquor. Personnel on quick mobile service bikes would be on duty round-the-clock. Anyone found selling liquor beyond the 10pm deadline would be in trouble. I would write to the excise department and the district magistrate to cancel their licence. Police will also keep an eye on gambling activity.”
The team became active on December 25 and 23 rash bikers were caught in Kotwali, Gandhi Maidan, Jakkanpur, Digha and Patliputra police station areas. Besides bike being confiscated, rash bikers would be fined Rs 1,000 under the Motor Vehicles Act.
Policemen would be stationed at every 1.5km on Ashok Rajpath, Gandhi Maidan, Bailey Road and Boring Road. “This is in addition to the anti-rash driving cell. These cops will go after bikes without number plates and rashly-driven four-wheelers. The same has already started at Ashok Rajpath. The remaining roads will be covered soon,” the officer said.
The police went after rash bikers from June to October this year. The cell collected around Rs 10.36 lakh in fines. During Dussehra, 137 rash bikers were caught and their bikes confiscated for a week.