Traffic cop Jwala Prasad Singh, 47, is on a mission: to teach traffic rules to all and sundry. On Friday, he risked his life to catch a traffic violator at Bandariya Bagh crossing and is ready to do the same over and over again.
Singh, a Head Constable Promotee (HCP), sustained injuries in the chest and right leg on Friday but he let the violator go, as he was a student.
The HCP even saved the student from angry passers-by when the student's car was intercepted after some distance. Some eyewitnesses pounced on the student when they saw Singh, clinging on to the car's roof with the help of the wind cutter and the driver jerking the vehicle to dislodge him.
"I fined him and seized the car as he had violated traffic rules. But I decided not to lodge a criminal case as he was a student", he said. He added, "My aim was to teach him a lesson. If I had lodged an FIR, his future would have been spoiled".
However, this is not a first for Singh. Three years ago, he clung to the bonnet of a brick kiln owner's Maruti in Charbagh.
The car owner was later arrested and sent to jail. "My aim is to motivate people to follow traffic norms. I take a promise from the violator when I fine him so that he does not repeat the offence in future," he said.
Singh, posted in Lucknow for the past five years, said he liked to be deployed at places where the workload was highest. Even his seniors have confidence in him, and he is mostly deployed at important intersections. Talking to HT, Singh narrated an old incident very proudly. He said, "Once I intercepted the car of an SGPGI doctor near Rana Pratap Marg. He was talking on his mobile while driving. I challaned him even after he gave me his reference".
He said the satisfactory point was that the doctor heeded his advice and now avoids talking on mobile while driving. This doctor even called him up on his mobile a few days after the incident and told him that he now followed traffic norms.