COIMBATORE:While on the one hand, the police continue to fine people for illegal parking, on the other hand, they seem to have no qualms about dumping seized vehicles in front of people’s residences. For instance, a few residents of PN Pudur in Vadavalli, have complained of the Vadavalli police dumping motorcycles, a pickup truck and an auto rickshaw in front of their houses despite opposition from the residents.
Speaking to Express on condition of anonymity, a resident of the area said, the police had promised to get rid of the vehicles within a few days. However, they are lying in the same spot for over two months. The residents also suspect an attempt to sell the seized vehicles to a scrap dealer, who has a shop nearby.
They allege that despite repeated calls to get the vehicles disposed off, the police have been delaying the process, claiming that the vehicles were under litigation and would be disposed off once the court proceedings are completed.
However, the real story of the discarded vehicles, which often escapes the knowledge of the public is that both the city as well as the district police have been grappling with the issue of how to deal with impounded or seized vehicles. The city police had recently begun taking counts of how many vehicles were in their possession in the various police stations across the city.
The Vadavalli police inspector, speaking to Express, after taking note of the complaints, promised to get the vehicles shifted within the next couple of days.
He said, the Vadavalli station had only recently been shifted, which had forced police to abandon the vehicles in PN Pudur.