They talk ardently on a wide range of issues

All ears: Students of Maris Stella College listen in rapt attention to ACP A. Subba Rao (not in the picture) in Vijayawada on Tuesday.

All ears: Students of Maris Stella College listen in rapt attention to ACP A. Subba Rao (not in the picture) in Vijayawada on Tuesday.  

Staff Reporter

ACP holds interactive session with students

Queries include overcrowding of autorickshaws and collection of fine by traffic policemen

Assistant Commissioner of Police offers to solve their problems in an amicable manner

VIJAYAWADA: A bit of seriousness, some concern and little naughtiness was the essence of an interaction that the students of Maris Stella College had with a police official on Tuesday.

The students let off a wide range of questions and reeled out the problems they face in day-to-day life in a free-wheeling interaction with Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) A. Subba Rao, who more than made up for the absence of Commissioner of Police K.V. Rajendranath Reddy, the designated chief guest who failed to turn up at the last minute due to a “pressing official work”.

The college organised the interaction with the primary objective of enlightening the students about ragging and eve-teasing. But, several other issues came up for discussion. The students displayed their concern about schoolchildren by raising the issue of officials’ “indifference” to the overloading of school autorickshaws in excess of the capacity. Fretting about the over-speeding motorists, they sought to know why the police were unable to put an end to it. And, they were mischievous with a query: “Why the police implement traffic rules strictly and collect fines only during the last week of a month?”

Some students indicated about how the college uniform was turning out to be a liability, as city bus drivers usually do not stop their buses even at the slightest sight of a contingent of students in uniform. They stressed the importance of posting constables on national highways to avoid accidents and also near bars and restaurants to check eve-teasing.

Mr. Subba Rao, appearing equally receptive, replied to their queries and offered to solve their problems. He said that the parents should take necessary care to ensure that more than six students were not seated in a school autorickshaw. The maximum speed limit allowed in the city limits was only 40 kmph, and the police were strictly colleting fines from the violators. Most of the violators were aged below 25 years, and the police collect not less than Rs.50,000 a day as fine, he said. On the teasing poser about implementation of traffic rules only towards the month-end, Mr. Subba Rao said: “It is wrong. We are implementing traffic rules in the beginning of month, at the end of the month and in the middle of month as well.”

The ACP suggested to the students to write a letter to the Commissioner of Police regarding stopping of buses at the designated stops, so that the matter could be taken up with APSRTC officials.

He gave prizes to winners in paper presentation and quiz contests. College Principal Japamalai and Vice-Principal Christina were present.

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