Police talk tough, tell stunt bikers to behave or face criminal charges

A day after a 19-year-old stunt biker was killed while another was injured when a bullet fired by police, in an attempt to puncture the tyre of a two-wheeler accidently hit them, Delhi Police have taken stringent steps to stop these stunt-bike menace on city roads.

Police also appealed to the guardians and parents of these youth to rein in their wards in order to avoid injury and accidents. “Many youth are observed indulging in these stunts and acrobatics on their bikes, especially in the city. Such acts of dangerous driving, aggressive stunts besides committing traffic violations not only endanger the life of the bikers but others on the roads,” said a police officer.

These bikers intimidate and harass other motorists and pedestrians. Several cases of rioting and criminal assault have been registered and hundreds of challans were issued during the last two months.

Police announced to initiate criminal action against any person indulging in such nuisance and aggressive behaviour.

“An action shall also be taken against motorcycle riders indulging in traffic violations such as dangerous driving, speeding, riding without helmets and triple riding,” said the officer, adding the bikes and driving licenses of such riders would be impounded and the riders shall be arrested.

“In case the riders are found under the influence of alcohol or in possession of weapons, appropriate sections of law shall be added. Cases shall also be instituted against the registered owners of these vehicles and their liability shall be fixed for illegal use of their vehicles,” said the officer.

Meanwhile, a post-mortem of Karan Pandey, who was killed in the accidental firing, was conducted by a panel of doctors and the body will be handed to his family members on Tuesday. Police recorded the statements of Karan’s family members and eyewitness. Karan’s friend Puneet Sharma is undergoing treatment and his statement too has been recorded.

The enquiry into the matter is being conducted by a sub-divisional magistrate and the report would be submitted by next Monday to National Human Rights Commission.

On Sunday in front of Winsor Place near Parliament Street, Karan and Puneet, both aged 19, along with 35 to 40 other bikers were performing stunts on their two-wheelers. When they were stopped, they pelted stones on policemen and in retaliation, after warning the bikers, police fired at the rear wheels to deflate the tyres but as Karan was performing a wheelie, the bullet pierced Karan’s body and brushed past Puneet. Karan died on the spot and Puneet is undergoing treatment.

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