A day after a Mumbai traffic police constable was suspended after a video of him towing a vehicle with a woman and her baby on board on SV Road in Malad went viral, two more videos that captured the incident surfaced. In one video, two constables are seen asking the woman, Jyoti Mali, to get out of the car and get into the police vehicle to feed her child. Meanwhile, Jyoti said while she did not want the constable to be suspended, she expected an apology from the police.
The first video that surfaced on Sunday is a 1.28-minute clip in which two constables are seen arguing with Jyoti, who is sitting in the vehicle, and her husband Jairaj. The constables are seen asking the woman to get off, while Jairaj is talking to someone on the phone. At one point, he gets off the phone and tells Jyoti, “Bhaiyya bol rahein hain tu gaadi se utarna mat. Towing se jaa rahein hain to towing se jaane de.” He tells the constable that Jyoti has to feed her child. The constables tell Jyoti she should get off her car and come to the police vehicle. When she refused, they tell someone to tow the vehicle. In the second video, Jairaj is seen standing with the kid, while Jyoti is in the vehicle.
Jyoti said, “I want to clarify that we were not in the vehicle initially. We approached the boys who came with the towing van and were in the process of towing our vehicle. While we got into an argument with them, my child started crying. By then, a large crowd had gathered. Hence, my husband told me to get inside the car so that I could feed my kid. I got in the car and they started towing the vehicle.”
Talking to the media, Jyoti said, “At no point did I deny that we were in the wrong since we parked at no parking spot. We told the police that we were willing to pay the fine. I told him that my husband, Jairaj, was suffering from high fever. In fact, we had gone for medical tests… I have a government hospital receipt…”
“I did not want the constable to be suspended… The least that the police could have done was tender an apology which did not happen,” Jyoti said. DCP, Traffic, Sanjay Jadhav said he had not submitted a report as yet.
An officer probing the case said, “The various videos that were shot will form part of the probe. We will also be checking footage from CCTV cameras.”