In a major crackdown against sale of forged helmets, the Cyberabad police has busted one such fake helmet manufacturing racket.
The officials informed that busting of the scam was first of its kind and two, identified as Dheeraj Kumar and Anil Kumar belonging to Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad have been arrested. At least 10 FIRs have also been registered against the accused.
During the probe, it has come to light that fake, low-cost helmets were made using cheap materials consisting of plastics, fibers or thermocol. The manufacturing of these helmets are centered in Delhi and suppliers to others parts of the country.
These helmets were sold under the names like O2, Welfare, Hood and Duro and often comes with phoney ISI mark. Witnessing a sudden spike in the sale, distribution and usage of such low-quality helmets, a special team was constituted to identify and conduct a raid on manufacturing companies.
The DCP Traffic Cyberabad SM Vijay Kumar had stated: “The EOW team identified such manufacturing companies at Ghaziabad in UP, and made arrests to curb the supply of such low quality and fake helmets in the city. This is not just illegal, but the helmets also provide no protection to the riders.”
The officials also added that fatalities related road accidents have also increased as he advised the commuters to avoid buying such products and take a scientific approach.
The manufacturing cost of such fake helmets is capped anywhere between Rs 100 to 200 but are sold at Rs 500 and above.