In two cases of motorists in two different cities of the state showing alleged aggression against policemen trying to nab those not wearing helmets, a man in Vadodara was arrested for dragging a traffic constable through the road, and another was held and then released on bail in Surat for obstructing the police from doing their duty.
In the first case, Vadodara police on Tuesday arrested a 30-year-old man for dragging a traffic constable for several feet and injuring him. Constable Mukesh Rathwa was on duty at Fatehgunj crossroads and had attempted to stop and fine Rikesh Soni (30) for not wearing a helmet.
When Soni came and stopped at the traffic signal and saw Rathwa approaching him, he tried to take a U-turn and flee on the wrong side of the road. As Rathwa tried to stop him and took hold of his bike, Soni continued to ride away, dragging Rathwa for several feet before finally being stopped.
Rathwa, who sustained minor injuries, was moved to the hospital in an unconscious state and is undergoing treatment. Soni was immediately detained on the spot and taken to the Sayajigunj police station where an offence under IPC sections 279 (rash driving), 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act, was registered.At the time of the incident, Soni was only carrying his driving licence and no other requisite documents, the police said.
This comes a day after a father-and-son duo were arrested by Raopura police for creating a ruckus, staging a protest and disrupting normal traffic after the latter was penalised for driving without wearing a helmet.
In the second case, a youth in Surat, who was fined for not wearing a helmet, recorded a video of the police, claimed he was being harassed and threatened to make the video viral.
Traffic police Sub-Inspector N G Umat lodged a complaint against bike rider Sanjay Hirpara with Sarthana police station in Surat for obstructing the police from doing their jobs and violating the police commissioner’s notification.
Hirpara, a resident of Mota Varachha in Surat, was caught by traffic police at Simada area in Varachha, for riding the bike without a helmet, on Monday. Hirpara misbehaved with the police personnel who asked his name and address to fill in the details on the penalty slip. Seeing a large number of people gathered around, Hirpara first paid the penalty amount of Rs. 500 and then took out his mobile phone from his pocket and began video-recording the police staff, including Assistant Commissioner of Police Z A Shaikh. When traffic constable Rajesh Kalubhai tried to stop him, Hirpara pushed him, police said. Sanjay also threatened the ACP saying he would made the video viral on social media, claiming that the traffic police was unnecessarily harassing the citizens, the police said.
Speaking to The Indian Express, ACP Shaikh said, “We were doing our regular job at Simada area. We penalised Sanjay Hirpara and collected the penalty of Rs 500 from him. He started misbehaving with the cops, after paying the penalty amount and also started video shooting from the mobile phone. His act was against police and seemed like (he was) inciting others. There were many more vehicle riders who were been penalised. Our police staff later took him to Sarthana police station and lodged a complaint against him.”
Hirpara was charged under IPC Section 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and Section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) for violating the Commissioner’s notification with regard to adhering to the rules of the amended Motor Vehicles Act.