jayanagar: Bengaluru: Towing of vehicles leaves Jayanagar residents fuming | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Residents of Jayanagar, south Bengaluru, are upset with police whimsically towing vehicles parked by the roadside in their locality with little regard for the standard operating procedure (SoP) issued by top cop Kamal Pant for cracking down on vehicles parked at undesignated spots.
Things came to a head on November 6 when six two-wheelers parked near Jain College area were loaded on to a towing truck in a jiffy in Jayanagar 9th Block. There was no board on the wide road announcing that it was a no-parking zone.
The residents said the SoP stipulated that towing staff must turn on a siren before towing any vehicle in a signal to the owner. If there is no response, they can tow the vehicle and if the owner turns up, police can collect only the violation fee prescribed for parking the vehicle at the no-parking area.
“How can women and senior citizens run behind these cops? If the rules are violated by us, late them take action. Why unnecessary trouble us?” said Lakshmi K, a resident of Jayanagar.
Soon, a crowd gathered against the unauthorised towing. The assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of jurisdictional Mico Layout traffic police rushed to spot, faced a volley of questions from the angry residents, apologised and released the vehicles. A video of the residents arguing with police went viral on Tuesday.
“Recently, home minister Araga Jnanendra too directed traffic police to strictly adhere to towing rules while lifting vehicles from no-parking areas in the city, giving no room for any complaint of harassment from the public. But what are these people doing?” said Subramanya, another resident.
‘Can’t take away vehicles
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in parking zones’
“We have a proper SoP for towing vehicles and when it is violated, we will take necessary action against our officers. When a vehicle is in a parking zone, officers and towing staff cannot tow it,” said KM Shantaraju, DCP east (traffic).





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