A Delhi Traffic Police head constable was arrested and dismissed from service Monday after he threw a brick at a woman he had stopped for an alleged traffic violation. A passerby, who was in a car, recorded the incident, which then went viral forcing the Delhi Police to take immediate action against the policeman.
The 15-second video clip shows the woman, Ramanjeet Kaur, picking up a brick and hurling it at head constable Satish Chand’s motorcycle. The latter immediately retaliates by throwing a brick at her. Kaur was with her three daughters, who witnessed the incident.
“On behalf of myself and the Delhi Police, I want to express my regret. The head constable has already been suspended. Apart from that, I have ordered that a criminal case be registered. We will investigate the matter,” Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said hours after the incident.
Late on Monday evening, Chand was dismissed from service and booked under Sections 385, 323 and 341 of the Indian Penal Code for extortion, causing hurt and wrongful restraint.
Kaur’s daughter Yamini said her mother was injured in the attack. “My mother sustained injuries on her hand and back. The attack has fractured her hand,” said the daughter. The victim was taken to RML hospital by police and she later gave a statement to the investigators at Tuglak Road police station.
Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander told The Indian Express that Chand has been dismissed from service with immediate effect. “We regret such a shameful act has been committed by a traffic policeman,” he added.
Narrating her ordeal, 30-year-old Kaur said she was heading towards her house in Ashram when she was stopped by Chand at a traffic signal in Golf Links. “I was on my Scooty with my three daughters after attending a parent-teacher meeting at Guru Harkrishan Public School. After stopping me, he alleged that I had jumped a red-light and asked for my registration papers along with licence,” she said.
Kaur said Chand then shouted at her and said he would issue a challan. “Initially I apologised for my mistake and asked him to forgive me, but he then started abusing me and said all women just apologise after they have been caught,” Kaur said.
“I asked him to note down the details of my vehicle and send the challan through the court to my house. He then calmed down and suggested that I pay Rs 200 cash and go away. But he got rattled after I asked him to give a receipt. He started to verbally abuse me in front of my daughters and took away my vehicle’s keys. When I protested, he attacked me with a brick and threw a brick at the scooty. I also picked up the stone and hit his bike,” she added.
Yamini also made a PCR call. “Uncle kept asking for Rs 200 while my mother insisted on a receipt. When she tried to drive, uncle took away the keys of the bike and threw a brick at the scooty. My mother too picked up the stone and hit his bike. He abused her and twisted her arm. Then he hit her with a brick,” she added.
Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi Range) M K Meena said that Chand has been arrested and is being questioned at the Tughlak Road police station.
Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain said, “The traffic cop should be arrested immediately. The barbaric face of Delhi Police has been exposed.”