Auto drivers demand coworker’s release, hold massive protest rally

  • Isha Sahni, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Dec 01, 2015 01:37 IST
Drivers display photographs of the police assault on their fellow driver Junaid Khan outside Huda City Centre Metro station on November 24. (Abhinav Saha/ HT Photos)

Hundreds of autorickshaw drivers staged a protest outside the mini secretariat on Monday, six days after four traffic officers allegedly assaulted a driver and arrested him for not paying a fine. The driver has not been released yet.

According to the drivers, around 11 am on 24 November, the traffic police stopped 25-year-old autorickshaw driver Junaid Khan outside Huda City Centre Metro station and asked him to pay a fine without stating a reason. When Khan said he had just started his day and had no money, they allegedly assaulted him. An FIR has been registered against the driver at the Sector 29 police station.

The members of the Haryana Autorickshaw Chalak Sangh met deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash to discuss the issue and submit a complaint. They demanded a fair inquiry into the issue, release of Khan and action against the police officers responsible.

The deputy commissioner said he has requested joint commissioner of police Saurabh Singh to look into the matter.

“I have heard their part of the story but the police are yet to explain their side. It would be wrong to say who is right or wrong at this point,” TL Satyaprakash said.

The drivers had earlier protested outside the Sector 29 police station and in front of the Gurgaon police commissioner’s office on November 24.

“The police officers are not ready to accept that they were in the wrong. They first assaulted an autorickshaw driver just because he did not have money to pay a fine and now they are not releasing him,” Yogesh Sharma, president of the Haryana Autorickshaw Chalak Sangh, said.

The police said that they are looking into the matter and that the investigation was on.

“A complaint was received from the drivers and it has been forward to the DCP (east). The matter is under investigation,” ACP Hawa Singh said.

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