Over 100 autorickshaw drivers protested outside the Sector 29 police station and police commissioner’s office on Tuesday after four traffic police officers allegedly assaulted one of them for not paying a fine.
According to the drivers, around 11am, the traffic police officers beat up Junaid Khan, 25, outside Huda City Centre Metro station and detained him at the Sector 29 police station. They asked him to pay a fine for no reason. When Khan said he had just started his day and had no money, they assaulted him.
One of the officers pulled him out of his autorickshaw and started beating him. His colleagues also joined him and they took Khan to the traffic police booth, where they further assaulted him. When the other drivers objected to the assault, the officers took Khan to the Sector 29 police station and detained him there.
“The police officers were forcefully making him pay a challan to which Khan objected. One of them got angry and started beating him badly, and then three others joined him. They took him to the Sector 29 police station and locked him up,” Yogesh Sharma, president of the Haryana Autorickshaw Chalak Sangh, said.
However, officers at the Sector 29 police station said Khan had picked up a fight with a traffic police officer after he was issued a challan. “We received a complaint from a traffic officer that an autorickshaw driver had a fist fight with him. We arrested the driver,” Ashok Kumar, SHO of the Sector 29 police station, said.
The incident triggered protests by over 100 autorickshaw drivers who gathered outside the Sector 29 police station around 3pm. They demanded Khan’s release and action against the officers. “We went to the police station where Junaid was locked up. No one was ready to take our complaint. We also demanded a medical checkup of Junaid but the police refused to do so,” Sharma said.
The group later headed to Gurgaon police commissioner’s office near the Mini Secretariat. “We have received a complaint from the drivers and have forwarded it to the DCP (east). An ACP will probe the matter,” ACP Hawa Singh said.