Two men attack traffic cop as he tries to clear massive jam in Mumbai
Constable beaten as he asks for dumpers blocking road to be movedmumbai Updated: Sep 21, 2017 23:36 IST
Two men allegedly assaulted an on-duty traffic police constable when he was trying to clear the traffic during heavy rainfall in Deonar on Wednesday.
The ongoing repair work at Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road had caused traffic jams and the rain had made situations worse. Sanjay Rane, 44, attached to Mankhurd traffic chowky, was posted at the highway junction and was trying to clear the traffic when he noticed that dumpers moving towards the Deonar dumping ground were blocking vehicular traffic. When he told the drivers to move the dumpers, two men, who claimed to be contractors, started abusing him, Rane told the police.
“I said I was just doing my duty and the dumpers need to move as they were obstructing traffic,” said Rane. When he took his phone out to record the incident, Saddam, one of the two accused, started threatening him. “Saddam said ‘Tu photo kheench ya kuch bhi kar, mera naam Saddam hai, mein tujhe kaat daalunga’ (‘If you click a photo or do anything, my name is Saddam and I will kill you’), and they assaulted me,” said Rane. As soon as Rane called his superior to report the incident, the duo fled the spot.
PI Namdev Shinde said the repair work has blocked the service road and that has resulted in traffic congestions, which is making residents furious. “A few months ago a traffic warden was also beaten up there,” said Shinde, who took Rane to the police stations and lodged a complaint.
A case has been registered against Saddam and another man under section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty and 506 (2) (criminal intimidation). “We are tracing them and will soon arrest them,” said Dattaray Shinde, senior police inspector of Deonar police station.
This is not the first time a traffic police officer has been attacked in the city. A survey by the traffic police said the city has 130 sensitive spots where traffic policemen were assaulted and misbehaved with by errant drivers.