The mother who was hit by a traffic policeman with a brick on Monday was on her scooter with three of her children as pillion riders. The oldest of them, 13-year-old Yamini Kaur, later recounted the incident, which has already resulted in the arrest and expulsion of the constable and a day-long ruckus.
“I had heard a number of times from our Chief Minister (Arvind Kejriwal) that Delhi Police are corrupt, but today was the first time I saw a policeman asking for a bribe,” Yamini said. She was sitting on the Scooty along with her mother Ramanjeet Kaur, 30, when the violent scuffle took place in the Golf Link area. Also at the scene were her two sisters — Gagandeep, 7, and Gurpreet, aged four months.
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The constable in question is Satish Chand, who comes from Bulandshahr. He joined Delhi Police in 1998 and lived in Ashoka police lines in Chanakyapuri. He was transferred to Traffic police only last year.
“We had gone to attend a parent-teacher meeting for my sister at Guru Harkrishan Public School. We were happy as all the teachers appreciated my sister and my mother said she would take us out for dinner tonight, but everything has changed after this shocking incident,” Yamini said.
“My mother took a turn on Golf Links Road and suddenly the traffic policeman stopped us. He accused my mother of jumping a red light. He started misbehaving with my mother and told her to pay Rs 200 to him. She asked for a receipt. This made him angry and he said she will have to pay more if she wanted a receipt,” the girl said.
“The policeman kicked our Scooty. He then picked up a brick and hurled it at my mother,” she said. The video footage purports to shows that the mother had first picked up a brick, before the constable did the same and hurled it at her.
Yamini then made a PCR call, informing police about the incident. Ramanjeet was taken to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where her fractured left hand was plastered. Yamini later spoke to her father, Gurdeep Singh, a south Delhi-based transporter, and asked him to come to the hospital.
Singh claimed the policeman had aimed the brick at his wife’s head. “The cop attacked my wife with a brick due to which she has received injuries on her back and hand,” he said.
Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander said the constable should not have attacked the woman whatever the provocation. “He has no right to misbehave with women. No policeman has any right to misbehave with people.”