High drama was witnessed at the roundabout dissecting Sectors 54, 55, 56 and 57 after two brothers from Ludhiana scuffled with traffic cops over issuance of challan. The incident led to a traffic jam for a couple of hours as the family, joined by locals, staged a protest.
Later, the police arrested elder of the two brothers, Tegveer Singh, after registering a case under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty) and 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) of the IPC. His younger brother was found to be minor and thus let off.
The brothers from Ludhiana were travelling with their parents in a Maruti Ciaz car (PB07AN0500) to Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh, when traffic cops intercepted the vehicle finding a black net covering the rear windowpane. The traffic cops issued a `1,000 challan, which the family paid.
Tegveer alleged that traffic constable Surinder Rathi manhandled him and his younger brother. Teghbir alleged that cops demanded money to settle the issue and when they insisted on issuing them the challan slip, the traffic cop started abusing his father. Tegveer alleged that after heated arguments, the cops assaulted them with batons. People present at a nearby chhabeel joined the family and blocked the road in protest against the alleged police highhandedness.
A passerby, Jatinder Singh, said he saw two youths being thrashed by cops, whose turbans had come off. “The cops were using abusive language,” he said.
The police on the other hand said the brothers tore the uniform of constables Surinder Rathi and Ravinder, who had videographed the incident using a mobile phone.
Sector 39 SHO Ranjodh Singh said a case was registered on the complaint of sub-inspector Ashwani Kumar. He said Tegvir was arrested, while his younger brother was let off as he was a juvenile.
Meanwhile, Tegvir’s father Gurmeet Singh alleged bias in registering a case against his son. “I too had lodged a complaint, but the police did not consider it,” he claimed.
Sequence of events
11.55 am: A Ludhiana family on way to Parwanoo enters Chandigarh in a car.
12:15 pm: Sub-inspector Ashwani Kumar, constables Surinder Rathi and Ravinder, intercept the car finding a black net covering the rear windowpane.
12:30 pm: Family pays Rs 1,000 fine.
12:35 pm: Arguments erupt between cops and the family members, leading to scuffle.
12:45 pm: People present at a chhabeel nearby join family and block the road near the Sector 56 roundabout. Cops flee seeing a backlash.
2:45pm: Police take the male members of the family to Sector 39 police station.