Don't judge the force on one man's actions: Delhi traffic chief

  • Soumya Pillai, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 14, 2015 01:37 IST

The Delhi traffic police have been facing the public's wrath after a head constable was caught on tape

hurling a stone at a woman

two days ago, forcing a senior official to request people on Wednesday to not judge the entire force based on one “unfortunate” incident.

Constable Harish Kumar was manning traffic near south Delhi’s Dhaula Kuan flyover when a motorcyclist zoomed past him. Within seconds he was hit by a stone on his back and when he turned around to see who had hit him, the motorcyclist hurled abuses at him and escaped.



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“For a moment I did not realise why he threw the stone at me but then I knew I was bearing the brunt of what had happened to the woman two days back. It is unfair to paint the department in a bad light for one man’s action,” said Kumar, who has served Delhi Police for the past 20 years.

Many other officers have been at the receiving end of road rage and an endless stream of hate messages on social media. Sources said when the incident occurred on Monday, the police’s official Twitter handle and Facebook page were flooded with nasty messages blaming the force for the ‘shameful’ act.

This even forced special commissioner of police (traffic) Muktesh Chander to ask people to not treat every policeman on the road as if he will throw a brick at them.

One unfortunate and tragic incident by one Traffic Cop has potential to wipe out all good work and sacrifices of police....

Posted by Muktesh Chander on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Another official agreed with him. “I had stopped a family for jumping the traffic signal on Tuesday near Rajpath. The couple was accompanied by a young child, barely around 10-12 years old, who told his mother he saw me on TV beating up another aunty. I smiled at him and told me it wasn’t me but I felt really bad,” he said.

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