Responding to the Supreme Court judgment limiting the use of red beacons to only high constitutional functionaries,the Director General of Jammu Kashmir police,Ashok Prasad,on Wednesday took the lead in removing it from his official vehicles.
While implementing the Supreme Court judgment in letter and spirit,we decided to first set our own house in order, Prasad said in an apparent reference to the use of red beacons on vehicles by all senior police officers in the state.
In this context,he also referred to the statement of CM Omar Abdullah that he does not need red beacon on his vehicle.
I have removed red beacon from my vehicles and now,I request all others,who are not authorised as per the apex court order,to do the same, he said,adding that the state police and the traffic cops are competent enough to remove these lights in accordance with the apex court decision.
Reacting to the Supreme Court judgment,Omar had tweeted that he would be happy to see the red beacon culture go. I never use one on my private vehicles and do not see the need for one anyway.
In another tweet,he expressed surprise over the reaction of some politicians to the court decision,saying that it is amazing how some people are married to this symbol of power. If the PM does not need a red beacon,why should anyone else?
He added that he looked forward to instructing his people to remove red beacons from his official vehicle also now.