Enforcement of Traffic Rules in Delhi by the new Police Commissioner


      Delhi has a new Police Commissioner. New broom always sweeps better. We wish him all the best in his efforts to enforce rules in Delhi.

     Delhi  trafic police seems to be following the footsteps of Mumbai Police. They have commenced additional checks at night.

     We hope this not a passing phase. 

 ALL THOSE planning late night drives in south Delhi had better mind their road manners. For, potentially dangerous traffic offences like over speeding, lane cutting and signal jumping could just land them in jail.

     In an effort to provide an effective deterrent, the south district police have begun registering criminal cases for serious traffic violations that commuters, including those driving private vehicles, usually get away with by paying a nominal fine under the Central Motor Vehicles Act.

     ‘Serious’ violators are now being booked for rash driving under the Indian Penal Code’s (IPC) Section 279, which is a bailable offence. “The most common violation is of over speeding clubbed with signal jumping. Curbing such violations is our top priority,” said a police officer About two months ago, police commissioner Y.S. Dadwal had issued a similar direction that specifically pertained to commercial vehicles.


     Now, this new drive that was put in place last week as a model concept in south Delhi includes private vehicles within its ambit as well. Moreover, specific trouble areas have been identified and special pickets have been put up near the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Maa Anandmai Marg (Kalkaji) and Mathura Road, said a police officer “Statistics show these stretches record the highest number of fatalities and accidents during the night,” he added.

      In what is also a first, local police, traffic police and the reserve police force are now combining their resources to ensure road safety in the city primarily between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. The police say 40 vehicles have been impounded and more than 25 drivers arrested for dangerous driving last week.

      The drivers were later released on bail, said a police officer Anil Shukla, DCP (south), said, “The character of road traffic changes significantly at night. The purpose of joint drives is to identify the trouble areas and ensure commuters don’t put the lives of others in danger”.

     Dedicated teams of local police officers assist the traffic police during these drives. This drive has its secondary benefits too, the police say “In the process, we may also be able to curb incidents of car jacking” said a police officer.

An Avoidable Tragedy

An Avoidable Tragedy  

     A 20-YEAR-OLD boy was killed in a road accident near west Delhi’s Janakpuri on Sunday night. Alok Kumar, the deceased, was allegedly racing with another two-wheeler when he crashed into a Metro pillar as he tried to avoid hitting another car Alok died on the spot, while his friend Sanjeev Kumar, riding pillion with him, was seriously injured, police said.

      Sanjeev was rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhaya Hospital with a few broken teeth and a fracture in his right hand, an officer said. The two were returning home to Uttam Nagar from a wedding near Rajouri Garden, when the mishap reportedly occurred around 11.30 p.m., the police said, adding that both youngsters were drunk.

     Fruit sellers near the Janakpuri East Metro Station told police that Alok was racing with another motorcycle. “As the two motorbikes approached the Metro station, a car suddenly came in between. Alok lost his balance,” said a police officer.

     The motorcycle hit the Metro pillar and the impact threw Alok off the bike. His head hit a divider, police said, adding he died on the spot with severe head injuries. The post-mortem report of Alok and a medical examination of Sanjeev confirmed a high level of alcohol in their blood samples.

      The police have registered a case of rash and negligent driving. Alok’s father Rajinder Kumar owns a tailoring shop in Uttam Nagar. Both Alok and Sanjeev worked in an export firm.


Doctors in the Dock for Negligence

 A dilemma. What should we do? 

     Two doctors have been held responsible for the death of a 13 year old boy, who was to be operated upon for Tonsilitis . Both the doctors have been awarded two years RI.

     Gaurav Batra was the only son of his parents.  A  terrible tragedy indeed for the family. 

     The family may feel vindicated to some extent, as their precious son can never come back. Justice has been meted out.  

     Now what about the doctors held responsible for the death? 

 What do you think?

     Are doctors to be treated as criminals in every case of death? Are doctors expected to be perfect? Do doctors wish harm to their  patients? What will be result of such judgements on doctors, on patients?

     What about death due to negligence of a doctor?  

     How many are the cases where a judge has held an innocent man guilty and even sentenced the person to death? How many prosecutors and judges have been held guilty of negligence when their rulings have been overturned by higher courts? 

     We have seen a spate of cases in the recent past where new evidence and DNA samples have helped free innocent persons who were held guilty by the jury and the judges? Those proved to be innocent had served long years in prisons and even on the death row. 

What do you think?

     IN A rare verdict, two senior surgeons of a private hospital in south Delhi’s Greater Kailash have been sentenced to two years’ rigorous imprisonment in a case of medical negligence.

     The negligence by the two doctors led to the death of a 13-year old boy who was to be operated for tonsillitis. In the order that was passed recently, Metropolitan Magistrate J.E Nahar held surgeon Omkar M. Parmar, 68, and anesthetist N. Dutta, 73, guilty under Section 304 A (causing death by a rash and negligent act) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Holding them guilty for the death of Gaurav Batra at Sukhda Hospital of Greater Kailash in 1995,

     Nahar also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 each on both convicts. Refusing the doctors’ plea for leniency, the court said the complainant parents had lost their only child as a result of their negligence. However, the court later granted them bail on a personal and a surety bond of Rs 15,000 each.

     The court accepted their bail bonds till December 29. The duo will have to obtain further bail from the appellate court failing which they would have to surrender on the said date. As per the prosecution, on June 13, 1995, Gauray, who was advised surgery for tonsillitis, was operated upon for his ailment at Sukhda Hospital. Gauray, however, did not regain consciousness hours after the operation.

     His parents, worried and anxious, made repeated calls to the two doctors Parmar, a resident of Saket in south Delhi, and N. Dutta from Faridabad – to come and attend to their son, but they failed to do so.

     A first information report was lodged against the two doctors at Greater Kailash police station. The court, during the trial, had, however, disallowed the prosecution’s plea that they are charged under harsher provisions of the IPC dealing with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which carries a maximum sentence of life term.


Andher Nagari : Noida Police

Pl see the report below.  Do you think You are safe?

     TWO policemen beat up an elderly man, Professor C.S. Chauhan, dragged him on the streets and detained him at police post for hours on Sunday.

      Reason: He had asked the two, who had been suspended over the Nithari serial killings case, not to park their vehicle in front of Chauhan’s house in Sector 61. Deepak Chaturvedi and Manoj Pandey, reinstated days ago after being suspended for months, also forced Chauhan to write that he was at fault and did not intend to lodge any complaint against them. Chauhan teaches in MMH Col- lege, Ghaziabad.

     “They beat me black and blue. I am due to retire in a month but they didn’t care that they were manhandling an elderly man,” Chauhan told HT over the phone from Noida.

     When the policemen parked in front of Chauhan’s gate, he asked them to park the vehicle in a nearby parking lot. The men in khaki responded with expletives and slapped him so hard that he fell. “I was bleeding but they kicked me repeatedly. They then dragged me on the road and took me to the police post. After being made to wait for hours, Station Officer S.K. Dubey compelled me to take down a letter to the effeet that I was the one at fault,” he said. Chauhan was released after this.

      He informed his son, a major in the Army posted in Jammu and Kashmh: about the torture he had to endure. His son got in touch with the authorities, but nothing has been done so far Deepak Chaturvedi and Pandey also run a security agency called HiTech securities, which has the contract for a nearby mall.

     Chauhan said the Noida police are not registering hiscomplaint.

Noida Additional SP Paresh Pandey told HT: “The incident is indeed unfortunate.”