Goa police’s traffic sentinel scheme is again making headline as a volunteer from their scheme was thrashed in a mob attack over 50 people in the town of Vasco.
The scheme is facing criticism by the state government due to the incident that happened.
Under the sentinel scheme, the assigned volunteers are paid money by the Goa police for clicking pictures of the traffic violators and informing them via the app based reporting mechanism.
One such volunteer claimed that he faced a mob attack by over 50 people while he was clicking pictures of the violators.
A spokesman with the Goa police said that an FIR has been registered in connection to the assault on the volunteer. In fact, the state police had earlier in January warned citizens against the rising number of assaults on traffic sentinels across the state. In their defence, the police had claimed that the sentinel scheme is playing a major role in making roads safer for citizens.
Deputy speaker of the state assembly and BJP MLA Michael Lobo told news agency that the road infrastructure in Goa is in shambles, adding that the sentinel scheme has enabled volunteers to prey on unsuspecting drivers in the remotest parts of the state. He went to the extent of claiming that it is a racket of volunteers preying on unsuspecting drivers.
The BJP and the opposition party has claimed that the citizen is creating disturbance among the citizens.