While the police department strives to appear people-friendly, certain officers, like the one encountered by Vile Parle artist, Gayatri Mehta, don't seem to be helping the cause much.
Last Wednesday, Mehta, who went to drop her aunt, parked her car at the bus pick-up point outside the domestic airport. "When I returned by 9am, an officer was shouting at me as I had parked my car in a no-parking zone. As he didn't stop, I told him that he needn't treat me like a criminal. He ordered his colleague to seize my driving licence. He asked me to collect the receipt from the police station."
When Mehta protested, the policeman - inspector Ajit Kumar Vartak from Airport police station - allegedly threatened to book her under stringent sections.
Mehta then approached the assistant commissioner of police (airport division) CK Chavan who helped her get the receipt. Vartak said, "I just followed the law." Mehta was booked for parking vehicle in a no-parking zone and section 179 of the Motor Vehicle Act for disobedience of orders, refusal of information.
Dilipkumar Taral, senior inspector, Airport police station, said, "An explanation will be sought from Vartak."