Flaunting fake vehicle stickers on the rear and another in the front in bold, red-lettered words proclaiming ‘PRESS’, ‘ARMY’, ‘POLICE’, ‘DEFENCE’, etc., not only affords the offenders the ‘undeserved’ display of his profession but also extends the belief that it allows the offenders immunity from law. And, perhaps most of the time, criminals use these ‘fake’ stickers to hoodwink authorities and police rubberneck the vehicles pass by.
It has been found that more than 80 per cent of the stickers are bogus. Police recently arrested a journalist (on charges of chain-snatching) with a ‘PRESS’ sticker on his vehicle who dodged the cops for six months. “They said he passed vehicle checks easily because policemen believed he was media-related person,” a senior Traffic police officer said adding that the issuing authorities would be questioned.
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