Do not be surprised if you see a regular policeman manning the traffic or slapping you with a fine for not wearing a helmet or seatbelt. Usually, when we're commuting by road, we could've seen a regular policeman regulating traffic but never really bothered. This has been done to ease the burden of traffic policemen who are less in number.
Owing to the ongoing projects in the city, police have been asked to help out traffic police to regulate traffic. However, this has not gone down well with regular police who are finding this additional responsibility tedious. On the condition of anonymity, a regular policeman shared his displeasure.
Many times, we have been asked to slap fines and they also give us a target. Sometimes, we also slap fines to those who ride 1 km without a helmet. We don't like it but we do it because of the given target," anynymous policeman.
When Mumbai Live contacted Mumbai police spokesperson Rashmi Karandikar, she clarified that be it traffic police or regular police, all have rights to take action against the guilty.