High drama prevailed on the Ferozepur Road after some eunuchs took to the streets to protest against the police's alleged demand of bribe to take action against assault on their driver on Wednesday.
Besides causing harassment to commuters, who were not allowed to ply on the busy road, the protesters also vandalised the vehicles of those who dared to move, even as the police watched as mute spectators. This led to a major traffic jam on the highway for over an hour.
Karnail Singh, driver of the eunuchs, and his nephew Bunty, resident of Jodhewal, were allegedly assaulted by some unidentified persons, who broke into their house, Sunday evening.
On Wednesday, the victim and a group of eunuchs reached the office of the deputy commissioner of police (DCP) on the mini-secretariat complex, and after meeting the police, immediately started a protest on the Ferozepur Road outside.
Raising slogans and hurling abuses at the police, the eunuchs alleged that the police were not ready to take action against the culprits, and were seeking bribe.
The victim, Karnail Singh, alleged that when he went to lodge a complaint with the police, cops at the Jodhewal police station demanded money to register even an FIR.
As some vehicles tried to pass by the protest site, the protesters allegedly vandalised them, forcing others to remain stuck in the hour-long jam. A disabled driver of a three-wheeler was also allegedly manhandled by the protesters.
However, the police did not intervene, despite the protesters running amok, and only mustered courage to assure them of looking into their complaint.
Division Number 5 police station station house officer (SHO) inspector Dharam Pal reached the protesters and assured that their grievances would be passed on to the respective police station where the case had been registered.
Refuting the protesters' allegations, Jodhewal SHO Hardip Singh said a case had already been registered on the complaint of the eunuchs. He said the FIR was delayed as cops were deployed on duty for Chhath Puja.