Bhubaneswar:7/9/19: Simmering resentment over hefty fines sparked tension in Bhubaneswar with people detaining several government vehicles at Rajmahal Square which were allegedly being let-off without proper inspection as per the new Motor Vehicles Act. As public took law into its hand, police resorted to lathi-charge to control the situation.
Alleging that the law enforcing authorities were not checking any documents from government vehicles nor its drivers were being penalised for violations, locals detained MO Bus, vehicles of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Odisha Police near Rajmahal square today.
It is alleged that the all such government vehicles are openly floating the norms for which other commuters across Odisha are being penalised with hefty fines under the new Motor Vehicles Act.
Following the tension, senior officials of Commissionerate Police including Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi reached the spot to pacify the agitators. Senior officials clarified that there is no intention of police to harass public.
“We have not carried out any enforcement drive today. We are aware that lot of people are yet to be issued with driving licence, renew several documents as well as insurance and we had already announced for some relaxation during enforcement drive,” said Sarangi.