In a major embarrassment for Deputy Inspector General of Police Alok Kumar,Senior Superintendent of Police Naunihal Singh and SSP (Traffic) Maneesh Chaudhary,Inspector
General of Police R P Upadhyaya has expressed serious displeasure over the stunts shown in the car and bike rally organised by the Chandigarh Police on Sunday.
The IG,who claims to have been outstation till Sunday,has shot off an official communication to the three senior police officers to explain within three days how the Chandigarh Police
allowed dangerous stunts in public area while promoting
road safety. The letter sent by Upadhyaya to the three officers reads,A car rally was organised by Chandigarh Police
on August 11 to spread the message of road safety and
safety of women among the general public. In todays newspaper,I have seen a number of articles carrying
photographs wherein motorcyclists were seen indulging
in stunts. I fail to understand what kind of
message we wanted to propagate by allowing these
stunts in our official programme. It has not only defeated
the very purpose of the programme,but has also given
a wrong impression of the Chandigarh Police,especially
when senior officials were present. Motorcycle
stunt in given public area is not only dangerous but illegal
also under the Motor Vehicle Act. I would like to
have your comments on the issue within three days on
why these activities were allowed by the Chandigarh
Police during the car rally on August 11, the letter adds.
At a press conference on August 10,when asked why
stunts would be shown when the theme of the programme
was road safety,SSP Naunihal Singh had said,We want
to tell the general public that such stunts are performed by trained professionals with the right safety gear and protection.
Hence,the general public should not imitate and indulge in such activities without proper training.
The car and bike rally comprising 93 super-bikes,
rally motorcycles,and 163 super-cars,luxury cars and rally cars showcased stunts by trained professionals.
The rally drew criticism as many people felt that it
would inspire youngsters to perform such dangerous
The rally started from the parking lot opposite the
Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10,
went around Matka Chowk and reached the Panjab University
campus. The rally then moved on the inner
roads of Sectors 11 and 10,after which it came to Madhya
Marg and concluded at Elante Mall. This was followed
by a small skit presented by Infosys Rangmanch.
The skit focused on the safety of women,and encouraged
them to fight sexual harassment. The rally ended with a pledge taken by
visitors to ensure a safe city,safe driving,safety of
women and respect for law in all areas.