Tribune News Service
Amritsar, July 26
The city police have sought land from the Municipal Corporation (MC) and Amritsar Improvement Trust to stash case property vehicles that are lying at police stations.
The haphazardly parked case property vehicles not only gives a shabby look, but also remains a headache for the police station concerned.
Police Commissioner Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill confirmed this while adding that they were hoping to get the land soon.
“We have requested the MC to provide at least 2.5 acre land. Besides, Amritsar Improvement Trust has also been urged for the same,” said Gill. Once we get the land, all police stations would be de-cluttered by removing these vehicles.
The city police had earlier made a committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, detective, for scrutinising all vehicles and disposing them accordingly.
According to rough estimates, there are nearly 4,000 vehicles, a majority being two-wheelers, currently stashed at different police stations, said a police official. He said there were four categories — vehicles whose cases were decided by courts, those that were under investigations, or which were under trial at different courts and those impounded under Section 207 of the Motor Vehicle Act and Section 102 CrPC that were found abandoned by the police under suspicious circumstances — under which the vehicles have been stashed at the police stations. Besides, there were vehicles including school buses which were impounded by the Regional Transport Office and there cases were still pending. The Police Commissioner said they have also asked the RTO to shift these vehicles.
DCP Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar said it is easy to dispose those vehicles whose cases were decided in the court, but the process of disposing vehicles under other categories is very time consuming. For the past one year, we have been in the process and on an average, 50 per cent vehicles have already been disposed.
Gurmeet Singh Malhi, SHO Majitha police station, said they were already facing space crunch on the complex. There were around 10 such bikes that are lying on the premises for the past several years. Though they have informed the owners, they never bothered to take these vehicles back.
“Even though we requested the courts to decrease the fines in many cases, the owners didn’t come to take these bikes,” he said. He said sometimes owners said they have already sold the bikes and they don’t know about the new owners.
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