KOLKATA: The police have decided to bring greater coordination not only with the control rooms and traffic guards but even between those on the road and their respective police stations and guards. A decision to ramp up certain nakas — with both men and road furnitures — will be taken as and when required depending on the actual ground situation.
In a decision on Monday night, senior officers said they were also planning to slap IPC Section 308 (attempt to culpable homicide).
Tougher measures may be in order to implement the lockdown, especially in neighbourhoods away from thoroughfares and in the suburbs. A sense of discipline needs to be enforced when it does not come on its own.
As if to send out a signal, massive checking of cars were carried out on both connectors and the Bypass itself on Sunday night. Alongside, a survey is being done to ensure if a few nakas, especially those located at sensitive areas and those being set up at night, require additional manpower. “We will be hitting the road on Wednesday — the next lockdown date — and there is no question of letting anyone go,” said an officer at Lalbazar.
The subtle change in operations — bringing in a more hands-on approach — was being done in the city after two back-to-back incidents on EM Bypass where cops got injured trying to stop a biker near the Metropolitan crossing and a businessman driving his car at high speed and breaking through two nakas near Uttar Panchannagram. A third accident in the wee hours of Monday by a speeding high-end car on the Kasba Bypass connector close to Kasba police station has only strengthened cops’ resolve. The car hit the divider and the driver was detained after he, along with a passenger, were injured in the accident.
Cops said when wireless message of any vehicle is passed on to the next naka, all others on the possible route of the vehicle must organize themselves to devise ways to stop it. Number of guard rails on several stretches on EM Bypass, the Rashbehari Connector, Park Street and JL Nehru Road have been increased in view of the upcoming lockdown. “We are in the process of procuring new ones with better reflector tapes,” an officer said.