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Tough posers for senior traffic cop

Ranchi, April 26: “Is the law same for everyone” — a question as basic as this caught deputy superintendent of police (traffic), Ranchi, Ajay Mishra off guard today.

Nevertheless, Mishra came out with an answer. The law, he insisted, was the same for everyone. But, there were exception — certain changes had to be made for VIPs.

“Traffic is often diverted to give a clear passage to dignitaries, which is due to their office and not because of the persons,” he explained.

Students of DAV Public School, Pundag, came up with many such basic but tricky posers, something which the senior police officer was not prepared for.

Mishra was participating in a seminar on “traffic etiquette and rules” organised by Rotary Club of Ranchi Mid Town.

It was class XII student Amit Kumar who asked Mishra about the police’s preferential treatment for some.

As Mishra was thinking about his answer, other students asked him why VIPs were allowed to park on busy arteries of the city while commoners were penalised for the same “offence”.

Manish, another Class XII student, questioned him about defunct traffic lights across the state capital.

To this, the DSP traffic said, “The lights are being maintained and repaired as and when required.”

Organised to make children aware of the importance of traffic etiquette and rules, the seminar focussed on class X and XII students.

“Many of them (class X and XII students) move around on two-wheelers and are susceptible to accidents due to reckless driving,” said club president Manju Gambhir, explaining the reason behind the target audience.

“Most of these students do not have proper driving licence. Often students want to race their bikes, do not wear helmets, leading to casualties in road accidents,” he added.

As many as 300 students attended the seminar that went on for a couple of hours.

The students were asked to observe traffic signals and signs, while those who did not have licences were asked to avoid driving on city roads.

The club will organise similar seminars in other schools across the city as a part of a campaign to encourage students to drive safe.

Rotary Club member Sujata Gupta said if students obey the rules, accidents could be prevented.

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