The traffic cops imposed heavy fines on 32 bike racers in the city after they were arrested at RK Beach Road on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri for various traffic violations which included racing and road rage etc. Around a dozen bikers were arrested near Appu-ghar last year on Maha Shivaratri. Cops imposed fines ranging from RS 4,000 to RS 8,000 to send a strong message to all the bike racers and road rangers. The cops also suggested the Road Transport Authority (RTA) to cancel the driving licence of these youngsters if they are caught for rash driving again. Cops from MVP police station led by inspector Malla Mahesh caught the bikers who were mostly students of corporate colleges and seized their motorbikes.
“The cops were well-appreciated by the citizens for nabbing the bikers”, said the Additional deputy commissioner of police (traffic) K Mahendra Patrudu. He added, “A senior officer spotted more than 150 bikes racing and immediately called MVP zone cops. More than 100 bikers escaped the spot while a few were caught after a long chase”.
Very interestingly, parents of these youngsters refused to accept that their wards were guilty of road rage when the cops called for counselling on Monday. They said that their children were riding to the beach for a holy dip on Maha Shivaratri. A few parents also told the media that the police were demanding a hefty sum as their children did not have proper documents.