Side effects of Anna protest -- flouting of traffic norms

Side effects of Anna protest -- flouting of traffic norms

Apart from protest hot spots like Ramlila Maidan, India Gate and Jantar Mantar, some of the protesters carrying the tricolour, wearing head-bands and Gandhi caps could be seen in places like metro stations, important traffic junctions and markets flouting rules and creating inconvenience to the common man.

"Safe driving has become a challenge in last one week as some of the protesters try to block traffic suddenly. You see so many doing triple riding on motorbikes waving the tricolour as if they do not care about rules. Is this how we should respect our national flag by flouting rules?" said 31-year-old Sarita, an IT professional who drives from Dwarka to Connaught Place.

When asked why no action was being taken against those violating rules, a senior police official, who does not want to be identified, said their hands were "tied".

"The scene is like a mob is against administration and we cannot do anything. Instructions are that we should not create 'Anna versus Police' or 'Protesters versus Police' scenes.

"The moment we take action, it will backfire as the protesters are saying that the police are corrupt. We are aware of the violations on the streets. But the moment we stop a vehicle for triple riding or traffic signal jumping, the riders are talking that we have stopped them for money. It is a mob mentality," he alleged.

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