An auto driver was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly beating up a traffic policeman on duty over issuance of a challan. The driver,Raj Kumar,also allegedly tore the shirt of the officer. He was finally stopped by another officer on duty and was handed over to the police.
On Tuesday,around 6.50 pm,head constable Varinder Singh was on duty at Sector 25/38 dividing road. A three-wheeler coming from Sector 24/25/37/38 roundabout towards Sector 25/38 light point was stopped by Singh since the registration number of the vehicle was of Punjab while Kumar was driving the vehicle in Chandigarh. When Kumar was asked to present relevant documents of his commercial vehicle,he was unable to provide any,police said.
As a result,Kumars vehicle was impounded and he was challaned by Singh. When he was asked to sign the challan,Kumar allegedly pushed Singh down onto the road and started thrashing him. I told Kumar that his vehicle has been impounded and that he will be challaned for not possessing relevant documents. He,however,started beating me up and tore my shirt and the challan diary, said Singh.
Another officer,who present on duty along with Singh,stopped Kumar from beating Singh. A call was made to the police and Kumar was arrested on the spot.
Kumar,40,is a resident of Jagatpura village in Mohali. A case of criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty and of voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty under the IPC has been registered against him at Sector 39 police station.