Pindi police arrest 14 for wheeling during night operation

Top traffic cop says drive meant to control life-threatening sport

Photo Waseem Imran/APP June 10, 2017
People take part in an illegal wheeling event held each day on Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Road near New Town Police Station. PHOTO: WASEEM IMRAN/EXPRESS

RAWALPINDI: In a bid to curb the popular but dangerous practice of one-wheeling in Rawalpindi, the City Traffic Police (CTP) have launched a major operation against motorbike riders, rounding up 14 motorcyclists.

Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Yousaf Ali Shahid said that they had set up special squads of traffic police to monitor one-wheelers in the garrison city but now, a number of additional measures had been taken to deal with the offenders.

In this regard, he said that they conducted a night operation on Benazir Bhutto Road near Nawaz Sharif Park and the Committee Chowk underpass to apprehend one-wheelers.

In this regard, seven cases were filed late on Thursday against 14 one-wheelers in New Town Police Station after they were nabbed on the main Murree Road near the Nawaz Sharif Park.

“Efforts are being made to curb the activity (one-wheeling) as it had claimed several precious lives and a number of youngsters had sustained serious injuries due to it,” he said.

Further, Shahid said that the traffic police had launched a special operation against the trend in Ramazan with arrangements made on Murree Road, Committee Chowk near the underpass, Chandni Chowk flyover, Sixth Road flyover, Airport Road, Peshawar Road, Jhelum Road near Ayub Park and other areas.

Apart from cops working in the day, those on night duty have also been advised to crack down on those found one-wheeling, he said. Those found one-wheeling would be sent to jail, Shahid warned.

He said, one-wheelers were not only endangering their own lives but were also a threat to other road users.

He urged parents to come forward and play their role in curbing the activity.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2017.


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