A day after removing black films from 109 vehicles and issuing challans to the erring drivers, traffic wing of Ludhiana police commissionerate challaned and impounded the car of district president of women wing of the Congress, Leena Taparia, on charge of installing a hooter on her vehicle without permission and using it in Ghumar Mandi area on Thursday afternoon.
According to police, Taparia was reluctant to produce the documents of the vehicle and was also unable to show the permission to install a hooter in her car.
On the other hand, Taparia accused traffic cops of misbehaving with her driver. However, she said senior officials were cooperative and helped her.
Taparia was challaned when she was passing through the Ghumar Mandi area in her Innova SUV. The road was blocked due to wrongly parked vehicles. According to Taparia, she was in hurry as she had to attend a meeting. Her driver sounded the horn, asking other vehicle owners to remove their vehicles from the road, as they were creating hurdles for commuters.
In a jiffy, a traffic cop appeared there and asked for the documents, she alleged. "The cop went back when I introduced myself as Mahila Congress leader. However, he came back in a moment and acted arrogantly. Banging the car's bonnet, he rudely asked my driver to step out and produce the documents."
"The cop challaned me and called up the recovery van and towed away the vehicle to the Police Lines. I called up senior traffic officials immediately and narrated the whole incident. The senior officials were co-cooperative and helped me," she added.
"I admit that my driver was at fault, but the law is equal for all. The police should challan every vehicle owner for using a hooter without any political discrimination. I will keep a tab on vehicles and see whether police are issuing challans to others or not," the Congress leader said.
Beant Juneja, inspector traffic said, "The vehicle's driver was sounding the hooter. We stopped and asked Taparia to show permission regarding the hooter, but she was unwilling to show the same. We have challaned the vehicle and impounded it."
The traffic police have been acting hard against traffic violators in the past few days. Traffic cops had challaned the vehicle of ADCP (traffic) Satvir Singh Atwal for using black films on windscreens around 20 days ago.
The police had also challaned the vehicle of son of Rohtak MLA for having an unauthorised red light atop his vehicle and also impounded a bus of a transport company around a month ago.