Kullu cops away on poll duty, commuters face traffic chaos

With the traffic police personnel deployed on election duties, serpentine queues of vehicles were witnessed at major roads of the district today.

Traffic moved at a snail’s pace as several intersections on various stretches were clogged with haphazard vehicles and cops were nowhere in sight. The commuters and tourists were stuck in massive traffic jams for long hours.

Vehicles at a halt during UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s visit on Thursday.
With many district police personnel engaged in poll duties and no additional police force, that’s usually provided during summer months, was available to regulate traffic snarls. The traffic flow was diverted through alternative routes in the wake of the visit of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath yesterday. The police personnel were not able to control the vehicular movement even after the CM departed in a helicopter after the election rally.

Such tight security arrangements were not made even during the visit of AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on May 29 or even during earlier visits of various CMs or VVIPs. — Sanjeev, a resident

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