BANGALORE: A Constable and a Sub-inspector attached to Indiranagar police station are in the dock for allegedly ‘assaulting’ a man near ESI hospital, on Saturday afternoon.
A departmental enquiry has been initiated against the constable, identified as Maula Saab, by DCP Rajendra Prasad based on a report by ACP (Indiranagar) Pasha.
According to police officials, Sub-inspector Lakshmi Narasimhaiah and Saab were checking for violations near ESI Hospital in Indiranagar when the incident took place.
They stopped a youngster and a girl who were riding a motorcyle without helmet. The rider, identified as Mohit, also did not have a DL. When asked to pay a fine of `400 (`300 for not having a DL and `100 for not wearing a helmet), Mohit said he did not have the money. He was then asked to inform someone at home who could then pay the penalty.
While Mohit waited, an elderly couple was stopped for not wearing a helmet. However, the couple pleaded with the Sub-inspector saying they had to go to the hospital. Lakshmi let them go.
Noticing this, Mohith and a third party, Kumar, who was walking by, accused Lakshmi of partiality.
“Kumar began abusing Lakshmi and Maula Saab. Initially, they ignored him. But when he would not stop, the Sub-inspector and the constable told Kumar that if he had a problem, he could file a complaint at the police station. Kumar continued abusing them. At this point, Maula Saab stopped an autorickshaw and tried pushing Kumar into the auto so that he could be brought to the station. This is the video that was leaked to the media,” DCP Rajendra Prasad said.
Incidentally, the video only shows Kumar being pushed inside the auto and not what happened before that, he added.
ACP Pasha, in his report, has said that while both the Sub-Inspector and the Constable were provoked, they should have maintained their cool, which, he said, is ve=ry important when dealing with the public.
Eventually, none of the parties concerned paid a penalty, the officials added.