Mumbai : Two people, including a former corportor of Amravati, have been arrested for abusing and assaulting a traffic cop near Gateway of India. The alleged highhandedness of the politician came to light a day after traffic head constable Vilas Shinde succumbed to brutal head injuries sustained after he was hit on the head by a helmet-less biker. (Incidentally, the deceased’s family had demanded the other day protection for cops while discharging their duty).
“Traffic Constable Rajendra Ganpat Pawar tried to stop a Martuti Swift (MH-27-GE-2121) whose driver Rehmat Khan was talking on phone but he did not stop the car. Later, when Khan took a U-turn near the Gateway of India, Pawar ordered him to stop the vehicle which also had tinted glass,” said Zonal DCP Manoj Kumar Sharma.
“When the constable pointed out that it was an offence to use tinted glass as per Supreme Court guidelines, the person sitting next to driver Rajendra Madhusudan Lohiya (45) started abusing the man in khaki. Later, both of them, including Lohiya and Khan, came out of their car and assaulted the constable,” said DCP Sharma.
Lohiya, who is a former corporator, also tried to give the skewed logic that black colour tinted glass is allowed in his hometown. A case has been lodged against Lohiya and Khan under relevant sections of the IPC at Colaba police station. After offering condolences to Shinde’s family on Wednesday evening, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had promised strict action against those attacking men and women in uniform and preventing them from doing their job.
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