Over 250 vehicles with casteist stickers penalised in Noida
Over 250 vehicles, including two wheelers, having casteist or "aggressive" remarks or tampered number plates were penalised in Noida and Greater Noida on Friday.
If one goes on a drive in and around the National Capital Region, they're bound to come across cars from various brands sporting caste identities of their owners on windscreens or number plates. Castes like Yadav, Jat, Gurjar, Brahmin, Pandit, Khastriya, Lodhi and Maurya appear to be competing with each other in asserting their dominant social or political status by putting the caste and sub-caste name tags on their SUVs, cars, motorcycles and other vehicles.
Though flaunting caste or any identities on cars is not permissible under the Motor Vehicles Act, the practice is rampant to such extent that some are ready to pay penalties at each traffic signal than to not flaunt their caste.
"The practice of writing casteist words or aggressive remarks on number plates needs to be discouraged. Such writings create a feeling of insecurity among people and become a nuisance. Hence, we have taken action against them," Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Vaibhav Krishna said.
The action of penalising such vehicles was taken across Noida (Gautam Buddh Nagar) as part of the district police's ongoing 'Operation Clean' to ensure hassle-free traffic and keep crime in check, the officials said.
"As many as 133 vehicles, 100 in urban areas and 33 in rural areas, were handed challans for having casteist remarks or words on them. Another 91 challans, 78 in urban areas and 13 in rural areas, were issued against those having aggressive remarks on their vehicles. Also, 56 challans were slapped against owners of vehicles which were found having tampered number plates," a police spokesperson said.