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To reduce traffic congestion, says police chief

CHENNAI: A few more one-way traffic regulations will be introduced in Alwarpet, Nungambakkam and T.Nagar shortly, G. Nanchil Kumaran, Commissioner of Police, said here on Saturday.

The system was to be introduced to reduce congestion and in view of the ensuing festival holidays, he said, adding that traffic snarls in various parts of the city had reduced considerably in the last week. The police have taken up a study with regard to the proposed one-way systems. On the suicide of a businessman in Villivakkam owing to alleged harassment by agents of four banks, the Commissioner said four persons have been arrested in this connection. “It is a case of suicide and we are paying required attention to it.”

Combing operation

The police on Friday night conducted a combing operation in which nearly 900 people were rounded up. It includes 157 rowdy elements, 179 wanted criminals and 56 against whom arrest warrants were pending. The police also registered cases against 82 people for drunken driving and more than 2,900 were fined for riding two-wheelers without helmets, Mr. Kumaran said.

During the combing operation, the police intercepted a vehicle at Washermenpet roundabout and seized two gunny bags containing crackers. They were bought from a person in Andhra Pradesh and illegally kept in a shop in Old Washermenpet area. The police arrested the driver of the vehicle and the shop owner. They were remanded to custody, Mr. Kumaran added.