SHILLONG, Dec 30 � After strict orders from the Director General of Police, the Traffic police here fined over 80 traffic violators and compounded over Rs 1 lakh in just 15 days.
Police officials said that the DGP�s office had given the instructions before Christmas to all Superintendents of Police that traffic violators shouldn�t be shown leniency and the Traffic cops here acted likewise.
�We have fined over 80 traffic violators, many vehicles were towed away in the process. We have recovered a fine of over Rs 1 lakh in just 15 days,� police officials said.
Meghalaya DGP, N Ramachandran, a 1978 batch IPS officer has been liberal in letting his personnel to do their job without fear or favour after he assumed office in September this year.
Largely due to his initiative, the Traffic department has also fined Minister in-charge Community and Rural Development Saleng Sangma and Ronnie V Lyngdoh, Chairman of the Assembly�s Privilege and Ethics Committee.
Although Sangma made no fuss about the Traffic police implementing the rules, Lyngdoh took offence and summoned two police officials Constable P Thapa and Deputy Superintendent of Police, Cherry Shadap to the Privilege Committee.
The meeting of the Committee was never held as most of the members were not taken into confidence before the summon and eventually the Additional Director General of Police Rajeev Mehta offered an informal apology on behalf of the two police officials. The move was widely condemned.
Eventually, a civil society group ICARE, comprising eminent personalities, realising the importance of the issue felicitated all the three officials, Swapan Dasgupta � who fined the Minister � Thapa and Shadap at the East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police�s office for upholding the law without fear or favour.
Encouraged by the turn of events, a Traffic police official said: �what our three colleagues have done is exemplary and gives us now the confidence of taking action against traffic violators, whoever the person may be.�