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Who Will Bell the Kanwariyas? Delhi Traffic Cops Ignore Violations

Traffic violations by kanwariyas are ignored, despite Delhi Traffic Police having issued an advisory.

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Traffic violations by Kanwariyas in Delhi. 
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It’s the 'Kanwar' season. This is the time when devotees of Lord Shiva called ‘Kanwariyas’, dressed in orange, fetch holy water from the River Ganga and carry it on their shoulders to temples in their hometowns. But it’s also the time when motorists face huge inconveniences because of these pilgrims not following traffic rules.

The Delhi Traffic Police has put out an advisory, saying traffic violations will be monitored and prosecuted on the spot.

However, even when presented with evidence of blatant violation of traffic rules (forget their own personal safety), Delhi Traffic Police is not keen on taking action, because “the registration number is not visible in the picture”. Clearly, that’s not the case, if you just zoom into the photo.

While, the first photo of a different pair of kanwariyas riding helmetless has an unclear number plate, here’s a clear shot of the violation in the second photo. The number is visible.

Triple riding, riding without helmet are two clear violations in this photo. 
Triple riding, riding without helmet are two clear violations in this photo. 
(Photo: The Quint)

And zoomed in some more. The number reads: DL 12 SG 8671.

A clear picture of the registration number: DL 12 SG 8671. 
A clear picture of the registration number: DL 12 SG 8671. 
(Photo: The Quint)
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However, Delhi Traffic Police, despite being told the time and place, as well as number of the vehicle on Twitter, pleads helplessness.

Some help from fellow Twitter users still do not cut it.

This is the case year after year. How many can one prosecute? The list of traffic violations one notices during this period range from jumping traffic signals, helmetless riding, rash and negligent driving, not following lanes to three people on a motorcycle and more.

Such ignorance will not help India’s case. We have the largest number of road accidents in the world. Over 400 people die on Indian roads everyday, according to data from Save Life Foundation.

The new Motor Vehicles Act Amendment Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha in April and is now being discussed in the Rajya Sabha. It calls for some very heavy penalties for violations.

But the question remains: Who will bell the cat, or in this case, the kanwariyas?

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