New Delhi: Yet another sordid act of extortion by traffic department employees has come to the fore in the national capital. In a joint nexus with Blueline bus operators, traffic policemen had permitted the movement of several buses which had surpassed their stipulated permit duration.

A total of over 100 traffic policemen including a Traffic Inspector (TI) and Zonal Officer (ZO) have been found guilty in the illegitimate activity. Two such buses plying on the route number 761 (Manglapuri to Azadpur) have been seized by the Traffic department.

According to Joint Commissioner (Traffic) Satyendra Garg, Constables and Head Constables posted at the Dwarka, Tilak Nagar, Punjabi Bagh, Rohini, Ashok Nagar and Model Town circle will be removed from traffic unit. He also assured stringent action against the alleged TI and ZO.

Two days back, an informed had apprised Joint Commissioner (Traffic) of the illegal movement of Blue Line buses number DL 1 PB 9514 and DL 1 PB 3941 on route number 761 without permit. According to the informer, the buses were plying on the aforesaid because of the benevolent attitude of the traffic authorities.

Taking note of the complaint, Traffic official deployed a special team to investigate the charges. After completing the probe, it was revealed that the permit of both buses had expired in October 2010, and the traffic authorities extorted money from the drivers to grant the permission for the bus movement. 

These buses were traversing through Dwarka, Tilak Nagar, Punjabi Bagh, Rohini, Ashok Vihar and Model Town circle without permit for the last seven months.

Sources in Traffic Police maintained that it is almost impossible for the buses to ply on road without the consent of TI and ZO.
During the investigation, the role of 100 policemen including TI and ZO has been found suspicious. Garg asserted that under any circumstance, corruption will not be tolerated in the department.

JPN/Bureau