A woman traffic police officer on Monday allegedly abused two teenage girls after they failed to furnish their driving licences and vehicle documents. The incident occurred at Regal square around 6 pm, when the 17-year-olds were going to Central Mall on their two-wheeler when traffic TI, identified as Preeti Bathari, intercepted the girls.
"The officer told us to show our driving licence vehicle papers. But since we don't have licence and vehicle papers, we politely told the officer that we were ready to pay the penalty, but instead the officer started abusing us," the girls alleged.
"She pushed both of us and snatched the key of the two-wheeler. She then told us to call our father. On this, we told her that since our brothers worked nearby, it would be convenient to call them instead," they added.
"On this, the officer used derogatory words against us and our family members saying that it was very easy for youngsters to change their relation according to necessity, so it would be better to call the father," the girls said. As per the girls, the TI also raised question on their character asking why they were roaming around in the evening.
Deputy inspector general of police, Rakesh Gupta, admitted that if the incident was found to be true, a probe will be initiated into the matter. The DIG added that if Bathari is found guilty, action will be taken against her.
Later, the girls reached the police control room along with their family members and lodged a complaint with the superintendent of police (headquarters) around 7.30 pm. Gupta also accepted that he had earlier too received some complaints against Bathari regarding her behaviour.
"She will be removed from traffic department." Speaking to the Hindustan Times, the girls that said they were allegedly mishandled by Bathari and her team even after they agreed to pay the challan money.
When contacted Bathari said that she was just doing her duty and that the family members of the girls misbehaved with her. "I am ready to face any inquiry," she added.