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Inebriated youths on bikes spoil puja revelry

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 7 � Festive moments for many in and around Guwahati were spoiled by a few who violated all social norms during the Durga Puja celebrations. Young men, and some women too, revealed their darker sides during the most auspicious of occasions by various acts of impropriety.

There were frequent reports of young men on bikes driving rashly on the city roads, which also resulted in a few injuries.

Worse was the case with inebriated youths who drove their motorcycles recklessly, without helmets, and used abusive language on people around them. It was something new that Puja goers had to experience in various parts of the city.

Uma Dhar (name changed) sharing her experiences about her puja outing, said it left her scared. �Bike riders came close to us and used languages which were vile. I will think twice before I go out with my parents again�it was shameful�, she said.

Drunk driving was evident in many parts of the city, and young drivers in bikes and cars posed serious risk to others. In Bharalumukh, a scribe was hit by a bike, which had two riders, both in a drunken state.

Manoj Tamuly, a resident of Chandmari Colony said he had never witnessed a puja celebration like this year. The father of two sons had ventured out on his mobike, but saw drivers violate traffic rules with impunity.

�On the Rajgarh Road, I came up with young boys and girls in a drunken state, a sight I had never seen before during Durga Puja,� he remarked. I hope my sons forget the sights they had seen.

The lack of traffic police personnel in adequate numbers added to the woes of Puja revellers. There were traffic snarls in many parts of the city. Although the Guwahati Traffic Police had prepared detailed plans for the Puja, many of those failed due to the absence of proper policing.

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Inebriated youths on bikes spoil puja revelry

GUWAHATI, Oct 7 � Festive moments for many in and around Guwahati were spoiled by a few who violated all social norms during the Durga Puja celebrations. Young men, and some women too, revealed their darker sides during the most auspicious of occasions by various acts of impropriety.

There were frequent reports of young men on bikes driving rashly on the city roads, which also resulted in a few injuries.

Worse was the case with inebriated youths who drove their motorcycles recklessly, without helmets, and used abusive language on people around them. It was something new that Puja goers had to experience in various parts of the city.

Uma Dhar (name changed) sharing her experiences about her puja outing, said it left her scared. �Bike riders came close to us and used languages which were vile. I will think twice before I go out with my parents again�it was shameful�, she said.

Drunk driving was evident in many parts of the city, and young drivers in bikes and cars posed serious risk to others. In Bharalumukh, a scribe was hit by a bike, which had two riders, both in a drunken state.

Manoj Tamuly, a resident of Chandmari Colony said he had never witnessed a puja celebration like this year. The father of two sons had ventured out on his mobike, but saw drivers violate traffic rules with impunity.

�On the Rajgarh Road, I came up with young boys and girls in a drunken state, a sight I had never seen before during Durga Puja,� he remarked. I hope my sons forget the sights they had seen.

The lack of traffic police personnel in adequate numbers added to the woes of Puja revellers. There were traffic snarls in many parts of the city. Although the Guwahati Traffic Police had prepared detailed plans for the Puja, many of those failed due to the absence of proper policing.