A Congolese woman gave tough time to the Ludhiana traffic police for hours in what was supposedly a traffic violation. It all began at about 10 am on Tuesday when the woman, riding a scooter, was flagged down by the city police at a checkpoint at Punjab Agricultural University’s Gate no 2. After identifying herself from Congo, she declined to say anything more.
While the woman refused to divulge any information about herself, the police were saying her non-co-operation was in itself a cause of suspicion. For several hours, under a scorching sun, the woman remained locked in a passive standoff with the police, with neither side showing any signs of a climb down until late in the afternoon.
Seeing her non-cooperation, Agnihotri issued her a challan for not possessing documents and ordered the vehicle to be impounded.
But she refused to give away the vehicle to the cops and hid the keys in her pocket.
“I asked her name, she said ‘I won’t tell.’ We asked her address, any local guardian or where she works or studies. She said, “No, I won’t tell.” Finally, we issued challan for impounding vehicle as there were no documents,” said Agnihotri, who went away from spot after almost half an hour of efforts to communicate with the girl.
The situation turned more suspicious when she started crying after sometime. The cops were unable to understand a single word she was uttering and were trying to console her as well.
“We asked her to show the documents. We even gave her a cellphone to call someone she knows but she did not budge from her scooter,” said Babu Ram, assistant sub inspector, who issued challan and wrote ‘naam pata dassan ton inkaari’ (refusal to tell name and address) on her challan receipt.
At around 2 pm, a professor and another African student reached spot and identified her as Ammy. She finally climbed off the scooter and cops impounded it.
The girl, after four hours of stand-off with cops, visited the ACP office to show documents but she neither had driving license nor vehicle registration documents in her name.
“The foreigners cannot drive on our roads without international license. Even the scooter is registered in name of a Phillaur resident and she was possessing it illegally. We had power to arrest her on the spot under IPC but we adopted a soft approach as she was foreigner still she did not cooperate. I am going to issue guidelines to colleges having foreign students,” said ACP traffic Richa Agnihotri.
“She got nervous as she is from a French-speaking nation and knows selective English. The college does not take responsibility of vehicles owned by foreign students but she had documents,” said K N S Kang, director, PCTE.