Footage from a CCTV camera installed at a house in Chaman Vihar area of Loni showed policemen deployed in a PCR van in Ghaziabad puncturing tyres of vehicles parked in the colony.
For the past couple of days, residents of the area have been accusing one another of puncturing the tyres.
After tyres of around 14 cars parked in the locality were punctured, residents lodged a complaint with senior police officers, alleging the role of personnel deployed in a PCR van from the Tronica City police station.
“The tyres are being punctured for the past two-three days and the residents were blaming one another. However, footage from the CCTV camera installed at my house showed a PCR van slowing down near one of the parked vehicles and a personnel leaning out and puncturing the tyres with the help of an ice pick,” Ramesh Chandra Yadav, a resident of the colony, said.
“We have forwarded a complaint to the police and we have demanded action,” Yadav said.
“I was upset that the tyres of my Tata Safari, parked outside my home, were punctured seven times. A new tyre costs me around Rs 8,000. Tyres of nearly 13-14 cars, parked on the roads outside houses, were punctured in the same manner by the personnel in the PCR van,” Yadav said.
“When we confronted the police, they said the action was ordered by officials as parking of vehicles on roads hindered traffic flow,” he said.
Residents said the incident took place between 1am and 1.30am, as revealed by the CCTV camera footage.
Following the complaint, Loni circle officer (CO) Anil Kumar Yadav has initiated an inquiry into the incident, which will be conducted by the station house officer of the Tronica City police station.
“There were two policemen in the police control room (PCR) van and one of them was recently transferred from the provincial armed constabulary (PAC). Residents claimed that tyres of 13 cars had been punctured,” the circle officer said.
“An inquiry against the policemen in the PCR van is underway and necessary action will be taken,” the circle officer said.