Pune, 6th February 2024: The Congress party in Pune has raised a demand urging the newly appointed Police Commissioner, Amitesh Kumar, to initiate a public awareness campaign before enforcing mandatory helmet usage.
Amitesh Kumar, a seasoned IPS officer of the 1995 Maharashtra cadre, assumed the role of Pune Police Commissioner, emphasizing the importance of helmet use and warning of potential legal actions for non-compliance.
Responding to these concerns, a delegation comprising Congress city president Arvind Shinde, State Congress general secretary Adv Abhay Chhajed, Sangeeta Tiwari, Ajit Darekar, and Rafiq Shaikh, today met with Commissioner Kumar to formally submit a letter outlining their proposal.
The letter stressed the necessity of creating public awareness before making helmets mandatory in the city. It acknowledged the rising traffic issues and emphasized the importance of safety for bike riders. “The traffic problem in the city is increasing. Bike riders should wear helmets for safety. Wearing a helmet does not cause serious injury,” the Congress leaders said.
In response to the Congress delegation’s concerns, Police Commissioner Kumar affirmed his commitment to implementing an awareness campaign throughout the city before making helmet usage compulsory.