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Here are 130 spots in Mumbai where traffic police are most likely to be assaulted

The murder of traffic police head constable Vilas Shinde last year brought to light just how perilous the job is

mumbai Updated: Jul 24, 2017 21:36 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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One of these spots is at Yari Road in Andheri (West), where traffic constable Nitin Rathod was assaulted on Friday.(HT File Photo)

In August last year, traffic police head constable Vilas Shinde caught a minor who was riding a bike. The boy’s brother, Ahmed Mohammad Ali Qureshi, 20, reached the spot and assaulted Shinde with a wooden stick. Nine days later, Shinde died at Lilavati Hospital in Bandra (West).

The murder brought to light just how perilous the job of a traffic police constable is. But, it has still not stopped citizens from picking fights with them, verbally abusing and threatening to assault them.

This prompted the traffic police to undertake a survey, which helped them identify 130 vulnerable spots in the city, where on-duty officers are most unsafe.

These spots are where drivers are most likely to argue and manhandle traffic policemen, said Amitesh Kumar, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

Police under attack
  • In October 2016,a traffic police constable was allegedly assaulted by a biker near Juhu Chowpatty. Rakesh Garud, 45, attached to the Vakola traffic division, fought with 23-year-old Amit Rajput, who was stopped near a barricade for a routine check. Garud suffered injuries to his face and back after Rajput hit him.
  • In September 2016, a woman police constable at Vile Parle was allegedly slapped and kicked by a woman who she stopped for riding without a helmet. The police also arrested the woman’s brother for verbally abusing the constable.
  • In June 2015, a traffic police constable was assaulted by a group of four men after he tried to intervene in a fight among them in Malad (West).

One of these spots is at Yari Road in Andheri (West), where traffic constable Nitin Rathod was assaulted on Friday. Rathod asked a tempo driver taking a U-turn to stop as there were barricades ahead. The driver, Nanku Kalluram Yadav, refused to listen. When Rathod demanded he stop, Yadav got out of the vehicle and started assaulting him. A passerby helped Rathod nab Yadav before he fled. Yadav was arrested and remanded in police custody on Saturday.

Rathod is just one of many constables who have been subjected to assault by errant drivers who refuse to be penalised for breaking traffic rules.

Now, the police will equip their constables with body WiFi-enabled cameras. “We plan to buy 100 cameras on a trial basis,” added Kumar. These cameras will be attached to the constables’ uniform and will record every conversation they have with motorists. These will serve as evidence in case of an altercation.

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 10:40 IST