New Delhi (JPN/Bureau): Popular social networking site Facebook is proving to be a crucial weapon for the overburdened traffic police to discipline even the erring cops violating traffic rules here.
 
Responsible citizens, turning into digital informants to the traffic police, have been posting photos of police personnel violating traffic laws. Based on the photos posted on the networking site, traffic police has taken action against 273 police personnel.

Delhi traffic police made its presence felt on Facebook on May 8 last year, enabling commuters to file complaints against those flouting traffic rules, with still images and videos serving as photographic evidence. As many as 4,880 people have joined the page.

Till February 5 this year, over 15,360 complaints related to traffic violation have been registered on the website and action has been taken against 6294 complaints.

Based on Facebook information, enquiry has been conducted against 273 erring cops who broke laws. Of these, 144 were on personal vehicles while 133 of them were photographed on government vehicles. Besides, 10 traffic constables were convicted of violating the Motor Vehicle Act.

Taking the pictures posted on Facebook as evidence, those traffic officials were transferred to other units.

Delhi Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said, “People of Delhi are vigilant. But we have been able to take action on just half of the complaints.”