Srinagar, Mar 22: Hours after Inspector General of Police (IGP), Traffic, Basant Rath created a buzz on social media by claiming that a police vehicle was towed and fined for wrong parking here, the J&K traffic police chief accepted mistake of sharing the picture without verifying the facts.
The IGP Traffic said that he will not delete any of his tweets as he is accountable and will always be accountable.
“Friends, this was a mistake. My mistake. I should have verified the information that was fed to me, The police station vehicle was not challaned. And I’m not going to delete any of my tweets. I’m accountable. I will always be accountable, Rath wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
Earlier in the day, Rath twitted picture of a police vehicle being towed by traffic police, which a caption, “Equality before Law, ladies and gentlemen.”
However, the vehicle, which belonged to Police Station Kothi Bagh, had apparently broken down and was towed by the traffic police on the request of the respective police station.
The Station House Officer (SHO) in a letter to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Traffic Srinagar had requested him to provide towing facility for the broke-down vehicle.
But, despite the misleading post by the traffic police chief, Twitteratis appreciated Mr Rath for owing up to his mistake.
After making his presence felt in the winter capital, Jammu, Rath has vowed to fix the traffic mess in the Srinagar city.
The IGP traffic on Tuesday while addressing a press conference here said that the same yardstick will be used to punish all traffic violators, irrespective of their social status or political affiliation. ”Everybody, including the VIPs, must follow the traffic rules. I won’t tolerate the norm violation by anyone at all,” said.
After taking the charge of IGP Traffic last month, Rath had warned policemen against violating traffic rules though his twitter handle. “My dear seniors who think I’m all gas on Facebook and Twitter and no guts on streets. Please ask your PSOs to drive their bikes without wearing helmets. I’ll ruin their day. And yours. I don’t think I love you,” he had said.
Rath, who has been compared to Bollywood protagonists like ‘Singham’ and ‘Dabangg’, for his attitude and style of work, fined and seized a police vehicle for plying without a registration number plate at Jammu city’s Bikram Chowk last month.
The 2000-batch IPS officer also seized a luxury car for wrong driving in Gandhi Nagar area in Jammu last month. The vehicle belonged to an Army officer who is the son and son-in-law of serving IPS officers.