Women assaults ladycop when she fined Rs.500 for riding without a helmet
Mumbai, September 7: Days after Traffic constable Vilas Shinde was hit with a stick by a juvenile rider, when intercepted for riding without a helmet and licence last month, yet another similar case has surfaced.
A policewoman was assaulted by a female scooterist and her brother at Vile Parle (E) over an argument about paying a fine for helmet-less riding, reports indiatimes.com.
Constable Priyanka Khot, 30, of Vile Parle police, was with colleagues at a nakabandi near Mahila Sangh School, when the team noticed Aarti Patlekar, 23, speed past without a helmet.
They noted down the registration number. After a while, when Aarti, who works in a private firm, came from the opposite direction, the team intercepted her and told her to pay a fine.
“The state has increased fines for some traffic violations. Helmetless riding now attracts a penalty of Rs500. When Aarti was told to pay up, she started arguing with Khot. She accused the police of corruption and said she would only pay Rs100, which they should accept and walk off,” said senior inspector Raksha Maharao. Khot tried to calm her down but Aarti got abusive.
“Khot told her to mind her language when she started using expletives. Aarti then went towards an elderly male constable and started ranting. Khot told her to consider her colleague’s age before screaming at him.”
“Aarti lost her cool, and in the presence of several passersby, she slapped Khot. She also kicked Khot in the stomach,” Maharao added.
Aarti then dialled her brother, Sudarshan, 30, who lives in the vicinity.
“He asked who was asking his sister to pay a fine. He boasted about his contacts and threatened to get the cop concerned suspended. Aarti pointed towards Khot, following which he argued with her. Additional policemen were sent to the spot and the duo was taken to the police station. They were booked under sections 353 and 332 of the IPC for assaulting a public servant and taken into custody,” said Maharao.
The accused were produced before a magistrate’s court on Tuesday and remanded to police custody for a day.
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