From The Telegraph, Calcutta
Love a bike ride on empty streets with someone to share the speed thrill? Chuck the idea if you are in Hyderabad. City police have banned pillion riding at night.
The clampdown, prompted by a series of slash-and-run incidents in the aftermath of last week’s explosions at Mecca Masjid, will be enforced between 11 pm and 6 am.
“During the day, the traffic in the old city (where many of last week’s incidents took place) is heavy. That will make it difficult for attackers to strike. Only pedestrians late at night could become victims,” city police commissioner Balwinder Singh said after the order.
After the blasts, two youths on a bike in Kamareddy, 110 km from Hyderabad, went around slashing people with a knife and a sword.
However, the ban will not cover women and those below 14. Others who wish to be exempted must get permission from police stations by furnishing their driving licence, registration certificates and other papers.