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HC unhappy over lack of police action on bike racing

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Expressing its displeasure over the inaction of the police in curbing illegal bike races, which are being conducted on many roads in Chennnai, the Madras High Court has observed that the situation makes the court presume that some of the police personnel are hand-in-glove with the racers.

“If working CCTV cameras are installed in places where bike races are conducted, it will certainly help the prosecution to bring the culprits to book, apart from preventing accidents to innocent pedestrians and passers-by who sustain fatal injuries due to over-speeding by bike racers,” Justice S. Vaidyanathan said while dismissing an anticipatory bail plea moved by a bike racer.

The judge then recorded his expectation that the State government would bring out remedial measures to curb the menace.

The court made the observations on an anticipatory bail petition moved by S. Vettrivel, a resident of K.K. Nagar, who apprehended arrest for alleged offences punishable under IPC sections 304 part II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).

According to the prosecution, on February 28, around 4.30 a.m., the petitioner, along with his friends, allegedly participated in a bike race on the stretch from Nemilicherry to Vandalur and from Kundrathur to Thirumudivakkam.

When the racers entered the road leading to Thirumudivakkam by-pass, Dilli Ganesh, one of the racers, lost control of his vehicle and hit a person who was video-graphing the race. Both were seriously injured and were rushed to a hospital where Dilli Ganesh succumbed to his injuries. Subsequently, police registered a case under various sections of the IPC against the petitioner for participating in the race.

Denying the charges, the petitioner contended that he was only a taxi driver and had never indulged in any illegal racing.

Concurring with the submissions of the prosecution, Justice Vaidyanathan said, “Moreover, people in the area where bike races are conducted are always subject to fear of over-speeding by bike racers and the noise created by them, due to which, they are unable to move around peacefully. Therefore, public should also support the police in order to curb the practice of bike racing.”

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