Another traffic cop gets stick for seeking bribe.
Updated On, 18 April 2012:
GURGAON: Yet another traffic constable was suspended on Tuesday after DCP (traffic) Bharti Arora received a complaint against him for taking bribe from a commuter on MG Road. After Arora received a complaint against the corrupt constable in the morning, ACP (traffic) was sent to verify the matter. The constable was suspended by the DCP after he was found guilty.
In a crackdown on errant cops, the Gurgaon traffic police have suspended at least five cops, including the present one, for seeking bribe in the past one year. Moreover, the traffic police have issued challans to over 50 cops for various traffic violations during the past four months. Around 200 cops were challaned for various violations in 2011.Senior traffic police officers said there were instances when their own staff were suspended after videos of them taking bribe were uploaded on Facebook or shown to the DCP (traffic). On March 30, a constable posted at IFFCO Chowk was suspended for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 50 from a scooterist. The incident was brought to the notice of DCP (traffic) by a resident who showed a video clip of constable Ajay Singh asking for bribe.
The traffic police's Facebook page has proved to be quite helpful in nailing cops themselves. People can upload photographs of traffic violations of any kind on the page.According to traffic department officials, at least two to three traffic violation complaints against cops are received every week on Facebook. The details of challans are also posted online for public to see.
As per DCP (traffic) office, most complaints against cops are for driving motorcycle without helmet, using fancy number plates and misuse of police logo by painting it on their vehicle's registration number plates.The DCP (traffic) said corruption was a major issue and the department was trying to send a signal that no one was above the law.