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Police & Public Conflict over+ New Motor Vehicles Act In Bhubaneswar

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.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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