9 More Persons Arrested For Violence Over Traffic Fines In Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police on Sunday arrested nine more persons for their involvement in a clash with police while protesting enforcement of Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 and collection of hefty fines from violators at Raj Mahal Square in the City on Saturday.

With the arrest, the total number of accused taken into custody has risen to 13. Earlier, police had arrested 4 people for being involved in the protest.

According to sources, several charges including section 307 (attempt to murder), and 147 (rioting) along with sections 148, 283, 332, 336, 337, 353, 506, 294, 379, 149 of the IPC have been slapped on the arrested violators.
Protesting strict enforcement of the new MV Act and issuance of huge challans for violation, hundreds of commuters had gathered at the Rajmahal square and gheraoed police personnel.

The incident disrupted the traffic movement for at least two hours during which the irate mob detained a PCR van, waylaid a Mo Bus and a BMC truck alleging that police and government vehicles were let off despite not abiding by the new rules. To control the situation, police mobilised force and dispersed the crowd by charging with batons.