No barricade will be left unmanned, cops tell Delhi HC | Delhi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: People can now report unmanned barricades on roads by posting their details on social media and tagging police.
Delhi Police on Monday said that no unmanned barricades would be left on roads and if the public reported any violations on helpline number 112 or on Twitter, it would act immediately. The Delhi high court took note of the assurance, terming it a “welcome step”, and said that “if police respond on social media to complaints, a check can be kept on unmanned barricades.”
A bench of justices Mukta Gupta and Anish Dayal was also informed by Delhi Police that as per new guidelines issued by the police, no barricades will be put on roads during peak hours unless there is specific input or information regarding law and order or crime detection under the order of a senior officer of deputy commissioner of police rank.
According to the police department, the area traffic inspectors will tell his staff that all unmanned or unattended obstructive barricades in their respective areas are immediately removed from the road/footpath.
“Senior police officers will also pay special attention towards placing of barricades during their field visits. It will be publicised through social media that if anyone finds any unattended barricade on road, they may immediately report the same on 112 or may tag Traffic Police on Twitter @dtptraffic and Delhi Police @DelhiPolice, and the same shall be attended to by the SHO of the police station for immediate action,” the police said.
The high court decided not to pass any additional order in this regard and said it expects the police to strictly comply with its standing order.
The bench was hearing a matter in which the court had earlier taken suo motu cognisance of a letter written to the Prime Minister, which was in turn sent to the high court for taking action against the placement of unmanned barricades on several roads in south Delhi area.
As directed earlier, the special commissioner of police (law and order division) was also present during the hearing.
The police further informed the court that it plans to take steps with regard to erecting barricades in residential colonies at night. It said there have been discussions with several residents’ welfare associations, which usually make the demand for barricading of the colonies at night, and several proposals have been received.
However, any decision will be made only after carrying out a pilot project study on the issue, the police submitted. The HC then granted the police eight weeks time to prepare guidelines.