Caught on camera: Patna policeman slaps man over car parking
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Caught on camera: Patna policeman slaps man over car parking

The cop’s action has tarnished the image of Patna police and exposed its unfriendly behaviour, even as the SSP says that action will be taken against the policeman.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2017 14:17 IST
Avinash Kumar
Avinash Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
Patna,Bihar Police,Car Parking
A road barricade in Patna reads ‘Patna police at your service’. The image of Patna Police took a severe beating after a cop was caught on camera slapping a motorist over car-parking on Tuesday. (Avinash Kumar/HT photo)

A video of a policeman in Bihar’s capital Patna repeatedly slapping a motorist and threatening him of dire consequences after the man allegedly did not obey his orders to park his car properly has gone viral on social media.

The 26-second video shows the policeman slapping the motorist twice as he steps out of his car and tries to talk to him. What apparently ticked off the policeman was the man’s comments whether he has “gone nuts”.

The policeman is seen hitting the man repeatedly as he tries to defend his action over parking his car in the Patrakar Nagar locality of the state capital. As the man continues to argue, the policeman hits him again on his face and gives him a mouthful.

“Muh lagata hai… Maar ke barbad kar denge… Piya hai re… Chamda utaar ke joota bana denge… Humko pehchanta nahin hai… Badhao gaadi aagey (You are arguing with me… I’ll beat you black and blue… Are you drunk? I’ll skin you and make shoes out of it. You don’t recognise me yet. Move your car), ” the policeman is heard saying in the video.

Eyewitnesses said the man continued arguing with the policeman and resisting his order of parking his car in a proper manner to avoid a traffic snarl-up in the area.

The policeman in the video has been identified as Uday Prakash of Patrakar Nagar police station.

The Hindustan Times could not contact Prakash for comments.

Patna’s senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj said he has sought a report from the concerned station house officer (SHO) and will take appropriate action against Prakash after that.

“The cop has tarnished the image of the police. Policing is based on public perception, which has gone done several notches after the video has gone viral. We are taught not to get provoked. The incident reflects the brutal face of the police, which is certainly not acceptable,” he added.

“As cops, we have the power to prosecute, which is what the cop should have done – taken the youth to the police station and lodged an FIR against him. The law does not allow us to get physical unless it is done in self defence,” the senior official said.

“I will suspend the cop and initiate disciplinary proceedings against him after I get the report from the SHO concerned.”

First Published: Sep 13, 2017 11:52 IST