Ludhiana: Driving a vehicle without number plates might land you in jail going by the the new orders issued by the commissioner of police (CP). Earlier, only challans used to be issued under Motor Vehicle Act.
These orders have been issued by CP Rakesh Agarwal on Saturday considering the fact that most vehicles used by miscreants in crime, including snatching, robberies etc, are without number plates.
The orders have been issued under Section 144 of CrPC and in case of violation of the same, the accused will be booked under Section 188 (disobedience to orders duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC. The accused can get imprisonment from one month which may extend up to six months.
CP Rakesh Agarwal said, “After analysing the pattern of crime in city, it was identified that in most of the crimes, vehicles used have no number plates. It also affects the police investigation. Therefore, there was a need of stern action to stop this.”
Agarwal added that earlier the commuters were only issued challans under Motor Vehicle Act of about Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000. Now, an FIR will be lodged against those violating the order.
Further, CP stated that the next target will be fake number plates. Recalling the incident on September 25 where two miscreants opened fire outside immigration office in Dugri, he said that the accused had fake number plates on their car.
The assistant commissioner of police (detective) Surinder Mohan said, “Majority of the snatchers and robbers use vehicles without number plates and some use fake number plates. Usually they get captured in CCTV footage, but because of a fake or absence of any number plate, the police tend to face a tough time in tracing the accused.”
Two Bike-borne miscreants stole Rs 3 lakh from the office of a hosiery businessman in Madhopuri main market. The accused were captured in CCTV footage and it was seen that the bike used by them had no number plate on it.
The accused can get imprisonment from one month to six months and fined Rs 200, which may extend to Rs 1,000.