Praveen Sood Director General and Inspector General of Police, Karnataka State has issued a note to all his officers on the indiscriminate checking of vehicles in the towns as well as highways.
We have also reported a few days ago about an accident involving multiple cars as a truck was stopped by the Cops on the highway all of a sudden and the cars hit each other. This is nothing new and nothing has changed either with this or the earlier notes shared by the DGP.
Time and again, all of us receive complaints about indiscriminate checking of vehicles in the towns as well as highways. Most of the time, it is in the garb of document checking which goes on needlessly from DL to RC to fitness to pollution etc.
Most often than not, it is with ulterior motives. Basically, once we stop any vehicle on the road we can be sure of finding at least some act of commission or omission. But most of the time, the intentions behind it are not noble. Almost for a decade, we have been reiterating that “no vehicle shall be stopped merely for document checking unless it has committed an offense visible to the naked eye.
The only exception being drunk and drive”. It is high time that unit officers take personal initiative to stop this practice which puts law-abiding citizens in avoidable hardship.
These instructions do not bar police officers from flagging down the vehicle when the rider has committed a traffic offense that is visible to the naked eye. Also once stopped, nothing prohibits police officers from asking for documents for verification.
Unfortunately, these instructions are being defied with impunity not only in cities or towns but also on the highways. Convey these instructions to the lowest level and take action against those violating it.
Director General and Inspector General of Police, Karnataka State.