KOLKATA: The city witnessed 1,006 prosecutions between 9pm and 11pm on Tuesday night — the highest during a two-hour drive on a weekday ever since the pandemic began. Of them, 980 people were prosecuted at various traffic nakas.
While total 816 vehicles were checked across the city between 9pm and 10pm on Tuesday, around 508 vehicles reportedly flouted the IPC sections 188 and 200. Cops checked another 756 vehicles between 10pm and 11pm and found that 472 vehicles violated the rules.
“We have asked traffic guards to ensure that all the violations registered under IPC 188 and IPC 200 are reported to local police stations, from where they will be forwarded to the courts,” said DC (Traffic) Arijit Sinha. The huge number of violations during restrictions at night — now not only on weekends but also on weekdays, despite a severe crackdown by Kolkata Police — led Lalbazar to plan some new measures to “discipline” the citizens.
The number of nakas, manned by both traffic police and cops from local police stations, will now go up and Lalbazar has asked all senior officers to hit the roads.
Cops have also decided to inform the excise department about any possible violation in excise rules that they come across during the raids. “If required, we will propose a joint raid,” said an officer at Lalbazar. Last week, the number of prosecutions were around 520.