Wednesday, May 21, 2008

ID proof must to buy cycles in Varanasi, India

So if the bombs had been placed in backpacks, folks'd need IDs to buy them too? Methinks this is taking things a bit too far! And then its a classic case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing.
Authorities here have made it mandatory to produce residence and identity proofs to purchase bicycles, in the wake of last week's terror strikes in Jaipur where bicycles were used to trigger explosions.

"Customers purchasing bicycles are now required to deposit ID proofs, and their address and telephone numbers will have to be written on the bills," Senior Superintendent of Police said. He said electoral photo identity cards, driving licences, ration cards, bank pass books or government/public sector provided identity proofs would be accepted.

Additional director-general of police (law and order) Brij Lal however said in Lucknow that neither the state government nor the state police had issued any such order. "The bicycle is meant for the poor and those living in rural areas and any kind of ban or control on its sale is totally impractical," he said.

He said some district authorities may have independently asked bicycle-sellers to cross-check identity and residential proofs and inform the police about it. (TOI)

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