On Saturday, there was a grievance meeting with the city police commissioner of Bangalore. The meeting was held online on social media. Kamal Pant, City Police Chief during the meeting said that stopping vehicles without any reason is not correct and they will do something about it.
Kamal Pant said, “Stopping vehicles for no reason is not right and such instances should not take place in the city. I will speak to the DCPs to make sure it doesn’t repeat and if anyone faces such harassment from the traffic police in the future, they can contact the DCP traffic (East) and we shall take action,”
This was announced when many people complained that they were stopped for no reason at all and asked for all the documents. Even after having all the documents they had to wait unnecessarily.
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A software engineer said that he was stopped in twice in the past two weeks. He said, “In the first instance, I was on my bike. I was wearing my helmet and had my mask on, but I was stopped for no reason in the busy RT Nagar Junction. I gave them all the required documents. One of the constables took my driving license and went away, asking me to wait. There were no pending fines in my name. I had insurance, emission test certification and other vehicle-related documents with me. Still, I was made to wait for 15 minutes for no reason. The constable kept asking me to speak to the officer, to have my driving license back. The officer in question was not even responding to me. After a while, the officer looked at me and asked me to leave as I had all the documents, and returned my DL.”
The second time he was stopped, he was in his car with his wife and two month old baby. He had all the documents and the cops took his driver license and spoke to him rudely. He was asked to wait and speak to the senior officer. He told them that his daughter is crying and he has to leave because he has all the documents. But the cops started intimidating him because he did not have a FASTag. He explained that he uses the car only for city use so it is not necessary for him to have a FASTag. But the cops insisted that he should have a FASTag. The software engineer said that the cops were expecting a bribe, but he was arguing as FASTag is not compulsory. After 20 to 30 minutes, the cops let him go.
Another person named Darshan said that often cops would hide behind vehicles and would jump right in front of the other vehicle to stop them. This can be very dangerous and people are scared to hit another vehicle or injure a cop.
Then he told his incident. He bought a new vehicle just 11 months old. So, he is not required to carry a pollution certificate for the first year. He was stopped for no reason and was asked to submit all the documents. The cops started abusing him and started threatening him. They said that they would seize the vehicle and he can then argue in court.
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