A Mukstar resident, who was challaned by the city police for drunken driving on Thursday night, was declared sober by Government Hospital, Sector 6, after medical examination.
The challan (currently in Hindustan Times’ possession) was issued at about 9pm on Thursday night when Lokinder Singh Brar, a resident of Jhindwala village of Muktsar district, who was on his way to Sector 21, was stopped by the cops at a nakka in front of Sector-5 bus stand.
Brar was asked to blow air in the alcometer after which the traffic cop told him that a challan would be issued against him as he was driving after consuming alcohol.
The challan states that 56.3 mg alcohol was found in Brar’s breath, which led to its issuance. “I urged the cop that there could be some fault in the machine and requested him THE EQUIPMENT GAVE THE READING SO THERE IS LESS POSSIBILITY OF IT BEING BIASED. THE CHALLAN WILL BE PAID IN THE COURT SO I CANNOT HELP IN THE MATTER. JAGTAR SINGH, deputy superintendent of police (traffic) to take another sample but he declined,” said Brar.
Upset on not being given a second chance, Brar reached General Hospital, Sector 6, at 9:30 pm where medical officer Dr Shelly Sharma conducted a test and gave him a written report stating he was not drunk.
Two senior doctors also verified and reported that Lokinder Singh Brar was not drunk (report in Hindustan Times’ possession).
“I had asked the doctors to take my blood and urine sample to confirm the alcohol level but they declined saying it was not required,” said Brar.
Being a landlord, Brar can pay the challan amount but was hurt that the cops did not take another sample despite repeated requests.
Brar said, “I was with my wife and child when the cops harassed me. My wife also urged the cop that I was not drunk but he did not pay any heed.”
Brar has also lodged a complaint with the city superintendent of police through email. Deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Jagtar Singh said, “The equipment gave the reading so there is less possibility of it being biased. The challan will be paid in the court so I cannot help in the matter.”
Deputy commissioner of police Hamid Akhtar said, “I will look into matter but the doctor has given a manual report whereas the challan has been issued through a machine.”