Drivers of petrol/oil tankers moving up and down the National highway connecting Ladakh and Kashmir valley with the rest of the country have alleged that large number of traffic police cops of Jammu and Kashmir police have been regularly harassing them and allegedly extracting money from them in lieu of safe passage on the cramped highway.
Staging a protest demonstration outside the oil filling station near Railway station large number of drivers narrated their ordeal and shared hardships faced by them in the absence of non cooperation by the traffic cops on the highway.
Unhappy with the response of the senior traffic police authorities the drivers alleged that if the Inspector General of Police Traffic department failed in his duty to give justice to us we would be left with no other option but to approach the highest office of vigilance commissioner to get justice.
The drivers said, “we are fed up with the conduct of the traffic police cops as they shamelessly demand 200-1000 rupees depending on the greed and their requirement”. “We will not tolerate this kind of behvariour any longer as we feel ashamed when we have to grease the palms of men in uniform for none of our faults”, the drivers alleged.
It may be mentioned that on daily basis an average number of 500 trucks ferry fuel supplies to the kashmir valley and if small percentage of truckers are harassed on daily basis the traffic cops would be allegedly amassing huge amount of money.
Inaction on the part of the senior cops also raises doubts in the minds of the poor drivers why no action has been taken against any single cop even after lodging endless complaints. “We fear for our lives once we are on the highway as we are never sure what action police will take against us if We do not cooperate or resist handing over money to them in lieu of safe passage”.We want resolution of this grim reality, the drivers demanded.