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Breaking a red signal by lazydrive
May 7, 2006, 5:42 pm
Filed under: Bangalore, civic issues, Crime

I havent jumped a red signal ever – and apart from good traffic sense, an incident about a few months after I started driving served to instil the “Dont jump a red signal” rule even more forcefully.

It was at Tiffany’s junction where Kasturba Rd, Vittal Mallya Road, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road from etc., – 6 in all meet.
I was right up on the line on my side. As was my wont then, I was the first one off once we got a green – and before I could blink, an auto came speeding from the Kasturba Road, slammed into my bike – missing my leg by an inch or so – and flew, yes, flew into the opposite side of Kasturba road. Luckily, for everyone else – it did not hit anyone/anything else. And the guy escaped (constable borrowed someone’s scoot to give chase).
Ever since – I try not to be first to get off on a green.

So when I read about an ACP breaking the law – and a red signal, at that, it incensed me.

Swaroop Srinath writes about a cop who he saw breaking a red light, and who later turned out to be the Assistant Commisioner of Police:

I was riding my motorbike on St. John’s Church Road and stopped for a red light at the junction where Cavalry Road ends, and Wheeler Road begins. (It is little known that this junction is called Prof.A.M. Dharmalingam Circle, for the only indication to this effect is a much vandalised, faded yellow board on a pavement. Note, there is also no circle.) All lights for pedestrians were green. On the opposite end of the junction (coming from Ulsoor Lake), I saw a traffic patrol car stop briefly at the signal. Tata Sumo, with “TRAFFIC POLICE” printed on the sides. In it was a constable (at the wheel), and an officer beside him. Defying all logic, and breaking the very rules they are meant to uphold, these guys just jumped the signal!! They turned right, onto Wheeler Road, and sped away!! My jaw dropped. I knew these guys were a degenerate lot, but this one was an officer, for god’s sake!!

And Srinath, on a rush of adrenalin followed the guy, and got these details out:

ACP M. Krishnamurthy
KA-03 G-24


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Hello Bangloreans,

Please make sure that Dr. Ajai Kumar Singh stays the police commisioner another two years (if he is willing to). Make a request to the CM and PM. He is doing a wonderful job. Also, do not forget to approach Mr. Alok Kumar, DCP, South if you have any concerns. He is a gem of an officer. His praise is sung by most auto drivers in Davangere, where he served as SP a year ago.

Comment by Ravindra

red lights are scary, with maximum potential of an accident….

and thanks for commenting on my blog. hope to see u around..

Comment by amitken

alok kumar a gem of a person in the entire police and has a great respect for all and he is the best officer ever seen and would be the youngest commissioner of the city and he is a man of few words but with lots of wieghtage great man may gold be with this man

Comment by archana

Hey, any idea how I could contact Swaroop? We run an e magazine and want to feature him

Comment by Priya

I agree with Ravindra, Mr Alok Kumar as DCP south Bangalore is doing a wonderful job. He must be congratulated for all his sincere efforts in curbing anti social elements. He should be promotd as the next DCP CCB or commissioner of police bangalore.


Comment by SriRaam Kumaar


I am impressed with the DCP south bangalore who functions with a style and he is so spontanious you cannot expect that he take such immediate action like no other in the department . hey priya and other pls contact me i have a very good plans and want to impliment it officers like ajay kumar sing and ,alok kumar and few others need to be recognised for there effiency i have a very good project can u pls contact me on archna_m@yahoo.com for further details

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