People traveling on the top of buses, including students with their school uniform, has become a common sight along National Highway 2 prompting the Officer-in-Charge of Kangpokpi Police to crackdown on such passengers putting their lives in danger and others in this manner.
In a blatant violation of the traffic rules, private buses plying along the National Highway 2 from Kangpokpi and Senapati District Headquarters were seen ferrying passengers on tops while the department concerned remained mute spectators towards the violation of such traffic rules.
Commuters can often be spotted atop buses while the inaction of the authorities concerned has evoked sharp criticism from all quarters of society.
Considering the risky behaviours of passengers traveling on the tops of the buses, and the negligence of the drivers and handymen of buses in allowing the passengers to sit on the rooftop, the Officer-in-Charge of Kangpokpi Police Station, Inspector Henminthang Kipgen began a crackdown on such passengers and buses employees on Thursday.
The police officer, along with his team, stopped buses and other vehicles where passengers were traveling on the tops at the Kangpokpi Police Station gate Thursday morning.
The police team was seen pulling down those passengers and paraded them along with the vehicle's drivers and handymen.
The police officer warned the passengers not to travel again on the rooftops while cautioning the drivers and handymen not to permit passengers to sit on the rooftops.
He also makes them aware of the frequent road accidents and the risk they have created from sitting on the rooftops of the vehicles.
Surprisingly, many school-going children were also seen traveling on the rooftops of their school buses and in a passenger bus with their full school uniforms.
Interestingly, most of the buses were not even crowded despite the passengers traveling on the rooftops.
The OC urged the school's authorities, bus owners, and drivers’ association of Kangpokpi and Senapati and parents as well as passengers to avoid traveling on the rooftops of buses and other vehicles considering the risk and atop a void unwanted road accident.
Many are in support of the OC’s initiative while appealing to the District Transport Officer to take befiting action against such vehicles allowing passengers to travel on the rooftops while also urging the school's authorities and parents to warn their ward to avoid traveling on the rooftops.