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Attacks on cops on the rise

The fear of cops is decreasing among people on the wheels with nothing less than seven cases of attack on cops reported in the past two months in the city. Residents even on a little provocation get violent with the cops in uniform, reflecting how they show disrespect without caring too hoots for the law.

chandigarh Updated: Oct 07, 2014 12:03 IST
Monica Sharma

The fear of cops is decreasing among people on the wheels with nothing less than seven cases of attack on cops reported in the past two months in the city. Residents even on a little provocation get violent with the cops in uniform, reflecting how they show disrespect without caring too hoots for the law.

Though Chandigarh police set up nakas at around 35 points across the city at least twice a week to check traffic violations and to nab snatchers, in majority of the cases when the cops signal the violators to stop, they tend to speed and hit into the cops.

In some of the cases even the cops are also at fault as they suddenly come out on the road and motorists are caught unawares and they hit into them.

Almost every week either a cop is assaulted at a naka or is hit by a speeding vehicle, signalled to stop. The senior police authorities have in fact failed to work out any mechanism to tackle the growing assault on cops on roads.

In yet another incident on Sunday, a motorcycle rider assaulted a traffic cop at Sector 33-45 light point.

The police said motorcyclist Sandeep Kumar of Daria thrashed and threatened sub-inspector Jaidev Singh while he was on duty. The accused was arrested. Jaidev noticed two persons riding a motorcycle on the cycle track, and signalled them to stop. Sandeep Kumar was challaned and soon after that he attacked the cop and abused him.

On Friday, two youngsters misbehaved with a traffic constable and tore his challan book in Sector 46. The duo was riding a motorcycle without helmet. They were checked for the offence, but started assaulting the cop and were arrested.

In the past two years, there has been a rise in the number of incidents of misbehaviour with cops on the road.

Sources in the police say around 30 cases have been reported in the past two years where young motorists either misbehaved with cops or with other motorists after their vehicle was signalled to stop or intercepted in middle of the road for some violation.

Sections under which culprit is booked

Cases for such offence are generally registered under sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (obstructing public servants in discharge of public functions) of the IPC. In case of serious assault, a case under section 506 (intimidation) is also registered.