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Traffic policemen finding new ways to accept bribes

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Law breakers always tend to outsmart the authorities in finding new and innovative ways to give a slip to the long arm of the law. Having stepped up its campaign against corrupt officials in its own ranks, the Delhi Police’s vigilance wing is finding how traffic policemen have devised methods to collect bribes.

A senior police officer said that a complaint was recently received that traffic policemen in a particular area had “outsourced” the collection of bribes to some private citizens. She added that the ones paying the bribes in such cases are errant school bus drivers. “Even though this is common with the police, this is new in case of traffic police,” said the officer.

Another trend that has come to the knowledge of the vigilance wing through its WhatsApp helpline launched earlier this year was putting stickers or other signs on trucks to indicate to traffic personnel that transporters had already coughed up the money.

These incidents are reported mainly in the Outer Delhi’s highways where even if the vehicles are violating traffic rules, they are let off, said the police.

“To nab the suspects red-handed, the vigilance department personnel in plainclothes station themselves on the truck routes. Since the flouting of rules -- be it overloading or lane violation -- is very visible, it is possible to identify the offending trucks. Our men also carried recording devices with them to gather evidence and stay alert as soon as a visible traffic violation was made,” said another officer.

However, no concrete evidence has emerged since one week when the vigilance sleuths started this practice. This is because the signs and indications vary from vehicle to vehicle and are changed on a monthly basis.

The police, however, did not reveal the names of the accused policemen in either case saying it would affect the investigations.

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