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snatching incident compels police to launch drive against fancy number plates

Jamshedpur, June 8: With thieves and snatchers having a free run in the city, the Jamshedpur police have launched an intensive drive against vehicles with number plates not conforming to norms.

The young riders, who boast their registration plates written in letters of different colors, shape and sizes, would be taken to task during this drive.

Officials admitted that there was a spate of criminal activities in the city, but went on to add that they were taking tough measures to curb them.

“We have decided that the number plates of the vehicles, including that of the two-wheelers must plan and visible easily.  No designer number plates will be allowed to be used,” said noted an official.  

Concerned over the situation, the police have started random checking of bikes, beefing up security in and outside the bank premises, centralizing the patrol vehicles to police control room and keeping vigil at checking points at the exit points in the city.

On Wednesday, police carried out a special drive of checking the riders at Bistupur, near G-Town Club turning. At Sakchi the special drive was conducted throughout on Masjid Road and in Golmuri the two-hour-long drive was carried out near the Golmri roundabout.  The special drive was also carried out in Kadma, Telco, Jugsalai and Mango where the incidents of snatching were reported regularly.

The actions are being taken by superintendent of police (city) Prashant Anand at the directions of senior SP, Anoop T Mathew following a meeting of senior police officers on Tuesday night after two bike-borne criminals snatched Rs 6 lakh from a woman near the State Bank of India’s main branch in Bistupur.

Notably, the snatching of Rs 6 lakh was the fourth major case of loot and snatching involving over Rs 30 lakh taken place in the Bistupur police station area during the past seven months.  But the police have failed to detect any of these cases. 

Sources said special teams would be formed to enforce the rule and impose fines on vehicle owners who continue to use number plates with fancy lettering.

A senior police official said a majority of fancy number plates were being found on two-wheelers of school and college students and cars belonging to activists of political outfits.

A traffic constable, posted at Sakchi, says, “In several recent incidents the victims of theft or snatching were unable to note down the number of the vehicle because it written in a different style.

Such fancy number plates give advantage to criminals to flee after committing crime. The fancy design of some plates makes it extremely difficult to read the registration number. In some cases, the numbers are written haphazardly.”

In the wake of sudden surge observed in the snatching cases, especially amongst the women, residents of the city are perturbed over the issue from the past few weeks. More than five snatching incidents have been reported in the past few days.

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