The Telangana Two Wheeler Riders' Association has announced that if the State government implemented its "No Helmet No Petrol" proposal as announced by the Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy yesterday or in case a deadline for compulsorily wearing helmets was announced by the government, the association would not only observe the day as a "Black Day", but also give a "Twin Cities Bandh" call.
Mohd. Amanullah Khan, Convenor of the Association, addressing a press conference today, referred to yesterday's 13 chain-snatching incidents within three hours, and said that the helmet rule had come as a blessing in disguise for the criminals who were striking lone women on the roads (that's what he said).
He demanded that the State government pass a resolution in the State Assembly permitting those outside of the Sikh community too to wear turbans in place of helmets, and pressurize the Central government to bring about the necessary amendment in Section 129 of the M. V. Act.
Warning the ruling party, he said that if the helmet law were implemented against the wishes of two-wheeler riders, the Association would work for the defeat of the TRS party candidates in the GHMC elections as and when they were held.
The Association's slogans would be "Vaddura Babu Helmetla Rajyam" & "Helmet Raj Nahi Chalega" in Telugu & Urdu respectively, he announced.
J Ravinder, K Lakshmi Narasaiah, Sheik Raheem, Mohd Azimuddin and Farooq Bhai also participated in the press meet.