The bus strike seems to be getting the BEST of the police, forcing them to bend rules to unclog passenger traffic. On Friday morning, cops deployed at Agarkar Chowk in Andheri East were seen helping commuters board autorickshaws in groups of four - one passenger more than the permissible limit.
Autorickshaw drivers were thus seen audaciously ferrying four passengers - three on the rear seat and one seated to the left of the driver. Defending the unofficial move, a policeman at the spot said, "We are allowing them (autorickshaw drivers) to ferry four passengers so that commuters do not feel stranded here due to the ongoing BEST bus strike. Our priority is to manage the huge crowd during peak hours."The officer added, "We are not forcing anyone to ferry more than three passengers. We have been seeking cooperation from autorickshaw drivers to help us manage huge crowds gathered here. But, we have been slapping fines on those who refuse fare."