Girl faces challan in Lucknow for no mistake of her own, is the police establishment watching?
TLT Crime Bureau
Lucknow: CCTV cameras have been installed at various places by Lucknow Police for challan for violation of traffic rules, but some people have started using fake number plates on their vehicles to avoid this. The trend is not new but despite stringent checks and reportage the pattern of hoodwinking the system continues.
In the latest episode, a message came on the mobile of Kalyanpur resident Ayushi Raj of a fine being deducted on a challan of her scooty. She was speechless after seeing the message because her scooty was standing in the house at that time.
On extracting the copy of the challan and consequent details, it was found that the said number plate has been put on a motor cycle by someone, who was driving the vehicle without helmet. At present, Ayushi Raj has informed about the matter by giving a complaint letter to the SP Traffic. The family has not got a receiving. Neither has a challan been officially registered. The online challan that has been asked to be registered reportedly has an email which is not active and no communication goes through. Lastly repeated calls to the SP Traffic went unanswered.
In the complaint letter, Ayushi Raj has said that on February 21, 2022, in the morning, a message came on her phone that her scooty was challaned. All this while her scooty was with her in Kalyanpur. On extracting the copy of the challan, it was found that someone has put the above number plate in his motorcycle, which is driving the vehicle without helmet, Challan No. UP83903220221192423, dated 21.02. 2022 Rs 1000.00 was deducted.
The number of her scooty was written on a motorcycle Pulsar. It is learnt from sources that the bikeborne miscreant has been active in areas primarily around Chowk Nakhaas.
No lessons learnt: Similar cases in the past
This is not a one of case. Months back Safia alias Alisha was using the registration number of another girl’s scooty to avoid the challan. The matter came to light when the girl with the original number started receiving challans. Safia was arrested by Thakurganj police under various sections of fraud.
In a similar case Ravindra Kumar from the Balaganj area of Thana Thakurganj had complained to the Lucknow traffic police in June 2020 that his daughter’s Jupiter scooty was parked in house and yet she was receiving online challans. The fine amount zoomed up to a staggering Rs 1 lakh.
The traffic police exposed this crime via CCTV footage. After the victim’s complaint.
That’s not all. Chinhat Police of Lucknow in recent months busted a gang selling bikes by putting fake number plates on them. Four people including a teenager and a bike mechanic involved in this gang have been arrested. Five bikes and several parts of the chopped bike have been recovered from them. The number written on the bike found with them turned out to be fake.
In February a woman resident of Gomtinagar got three e-challans for parking her two-wheeler at places which she has never visited. She received three different e-challans for her two-wheeler on May 30, 2020, at Royal Hotel crossing, on December 6, 2020, at Ghantaghar and on February 15, 2021, at Charbagh railway station.
Despite recent action on the part of the police, bikers with fraudulent number plates continue to bypass the system.