To put an end to rogue bikers causing mayhem at areas around India Gate and areas of New Delhi, police have sought help from religious heads. On Sunday afternoon, priests from the Hanuman Mandir and Bangla Sahib Gurdwara walked into the Tughlaq Road police station to talk to the 250 bikers who were detained on Saturday night for performing stunts, blocking traffic and endangering the lives of the other citizens.
Along with the priests, the police had also asked the parents and relatives of those detained to come and counsel them.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Madhur Verma said, “Many of these bikers are young and perform these stunts in the name of religion. Our idea was to ensure that they are not misguided and end up breaking the law. The response from the parents and the bikers was very good.”
The two priests spoke to the bikers in the lawns of the police station, telling them that religion did not encourage anyone to break laws. A senior priest from the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara told the bikers, “You should not tarnish the name of your family and religion. The laws of the country should be respected as it is bigger than any religion. A religious person is one who abides by the laws of the country.”
All parents who spoke to the police said that they were unaware of their kids performing stunts and breaking the laws. Many of them said that since this was Navratra time, their kids had left home on the pretext of visiting a temple.
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“On normal days, we prevent bikers, if any, from blocking the traffic. However during religious festivals hundreds of bikers come together and block traffic. These bikers do not know each other but meet at local temples. Once they realise that others who have come to the temple also have bikes, they decide to drive around the city and perform stunts. Many of these bikers are young kids, so we called their parents to tell them what their kids are upto. Many did not even know that their kids rode motorcycles,” Verma said.
All the detained bikers were later handed over to their relatives with a warning not to break the laws again. Majority of the bikers told the police that they were from the bordering areas of the city and usually visited the Hanuman Mandir and the temples at Chattarpur and Jhandewalan.
Police checked 950 vehicles and 213 persons were challaned on the spot while 269 vehicles were impounded. Police said that all senior officers of New Delhi district were on duty on Saturday.
However, the heavy police presence did not deter the bikers as they tried to zoom past barricades, forcing the police to chase them down.