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Birthday bash on road can land you in jail


Cops say they are keeping close eye on social media to track down those following new trend of celebrating alongside busy roads

Cutting cakes for birthdays is quite common, but the latest trend of doing the same on roadsides is taking youngsters by storm. Police have said that this can lead to imprisonment.

Police are also tracking social media posts and taking action against those indulging in the same on the streets.

They explained that these activities can lead to a ‘law and order’ problem and needs to be avoided.

A senior police official said, “Roadside birthday parties have become a craze. Many youngsters go on a long drive and stop in the middle of the road to cut a cake, burst crackers, and dance. However, they do not understand that these acts are not only endangering their lives but also those of other commuters.”

The 10-lane Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway has reportedly become a hotspot for birthday revellers. Ramanagar police are now chasing away such people.

Ramanagar SP K Santosh Babu said, “Birthday parties on roads are illegal as they can lead to a lot of other problems. We have decided to curb such roadside celebrations and warn people of tough action including imprisonment if they continue to do so.”

Another senior police official said, “Recently, we saw many youngsters celebrating a birthday on a highway. As vehicles were speeding away, some of them unknowingly came to the centre of the road, which resulted in a pileup of vehicles. Luckily, there were no accidents, but there was every chance.”

Roads are meant for driving and there should not be any sort of encroachments, they added.

This has stirred a debate among young people.

Roadside birthdays have become a craze. Youngsters stop in the middle of the road to cut a cake, burst crackers, and dance

–Senior police officer

“I feel that there should be designated places for partying which are definitely not on roads. I have seen such celebrations on roads even at 12 am,” said Siddanth S, a resident of Rajajinagar, adding that it was a nuisance for the entire neighbourhood as people had to spend sleepless nights for someone else’s fun.

He told Bangalore Mirror that he had questioned a few young people about why they were disturbing the peace of the locality, but they reportedly chased him away saying he had no right to question them.

On the other hand, Mukund R, a college student, said, “During covid, most of us could not meet at hotels or any other places due to restrictions. We were always encouraged to meet in the open as infection risk was less. As birthdays are quite special, we were buying cakes and placing them on bikes or cars to do the honours.”



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