Illegal use of beacons by Durgapur Mayor and others

Mayor of Durgapur using beacon and flasher in his car

News agencies from Durgapur reports the names of the sitting MLA’s of the industrial town, certain top officials, beauracrats and even the police chief for using beacons and flashers in their cars violating high court directives. At least 50 vehicles, including that of the Durgapur income tax commissioner, were either fined Rs 100 each or allowed to go with a warning in the police drive against beacons and tinted glasses that started on last Friday. According to a senior police officer, the crackdown followed a high court directive that asked the government to report on steps the police have taken in the past year to tackle the misuse of beacons.

Police chief of Durgapur using private SUV with beacon and flasher

A beacon is a red light fitted either on top of a car or below the bonnet. When a beacon is installed with a device that allows the light to go on and off as a signal, it is called a flasher.

Sudhajit Mukherjee, a social activist in Durgapur lodged a complaint with the state home secretary about this matter. Mr. Mukherjee pointed out that, the chief of the Asansol-Durgapur police commissionerate has been illegally using a flasher atop his car at a time the force has launched a drive against the unauthorized use of beacons, flashers and tinted glasses in the industrial town. He said that Durgapur mayor Apurba Mukherjee, who is permitted to use only a beacon below the bonnet of his car, is also using a flasher. The complaint also mentioned the chief executive officer of Asansol-Durgapur Development Authority, Antara Acharya, and Durgapur (east) MLA Nikhil Banerjee.

The social activist of Durgapur also alleged that police Chief Ajay Nand’s white SUV had a private vehicle number. “Government officials can only use commercial cars,” a transport department official said.

ADDA’s CEO, Acharya said she would “remove” the beacon. Mayor Mukherjee echoed Acharya, but not before asserting “I am a mayor and also an MLA. So, I am using the red beacon”. However calls to Nand went unanswered reports the news agency.

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