In absence of any sternaction by the district administration, hooliganism by parking contractors and their staff is at peak.
On Wednesday, staff of a parking contractor allegedly assaulted a trader and his 13-year-old son at the multi-storey parking at mini-secretariat after he refused to pay more than the approved parking fee.
To make matters worse, when the some cops reached the spot, instead of taking action against the accused, they allegedly tried to stop the victim, Deepesh Jain, 43, of Tagore Nagar, from going to the civil hospital for medical examination.
It was only after the victim made a complaint to deputy commissioner (DC) Rajat Agarwal , who brought the matter into the notice of police commissioner RK Jaiswal, that the cops swung into action.
However, by the time Division Number 5 station house officer (SHO) inspector Dharampal reached the spot, he was able to nab only one accused namely Charanjit Channi, while another accused Ankush and their six unidentified accomplices managed to flee the spot.
In his complaint, Jain said he had come to mini-secretariat, along with his son, Pulkit Jain, and 14-year-old niece around 3.30pm, and parked his car at the multi-storey parking.
When he returned after sometime, the parking attendant asked him to pay Rs 40 which was more than the prescribed rate of Rs 23.
“When I resisted, the attendant pulled me out of the car and assaulted me, before beating up my son,” Jain alleged.
He informed the police, who reached the spot, but took no action, Jain alleged, adding that he then went to the DC’s office and filed a complaint.
After asking the police to take action, DC Agarwal directed sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) (east) to inquire into the matter and take strict action against the contractor.
He added that if the parking attendants were found misbehaving and overcharging people, the administration would cancel their contract.
Inspector Dharampal, SHO at Division Number 5 police station, said police had arrested one accused and launched a manhunt for arrest of the others.
A case under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).