For most traffic policemen in Delhi, the year began on a tired note, as they were on field till late Thursday and had to be back early Friday for the implementation of the AAP government’s plan to control vehicular pollution. While most got only a few hours of rest, some didn’t get any.
Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Brij Nandan, posted at Ashram chowk, managed to go home for only three hours.
“I went home and came back within three hours, as my duty started at 8 am. Due to new year celebrations on the night of December 31, my duty hours were extended till 2 am (Friday),” he said.
Head Constable Ram Prakash, who lives in Palwal in Haryana, was on duty till 2.15 am but had to report at work again at 8 am.
Constable Anil was one of those who could not go home at all. He, along with some other traffic personnel, spent the night at a traffic post nearby.
Traffic Inspector Sanket Kaushik was leading a team of five policemen at Ashram chowk and keeping a watch for violators at the busy intersection.
Kaushik had been on duty at a South Delhi mall till late Thursday. “I was there till 1.30 am and I have been here since 7 am. I just went to my office for a few minutes to change clothes,” he said.