Traffic Police officers put their lives on risk trying to stop culprits. In Pune, Aba Sawan, a traffic policeman deputed in the Pimpri Chinchwad station was dragged by a car. The 49-year old policeman was dragged for about one kilometer. Here is the video.
The driver of the car Yuvraj Hanuvate was not wearing a mask properly and was waved down by Sawant at around 6 PM on Thursday. However, instead of stopping, the driver of the car did not stop and went past the police officer. When Sawant saw that the driver is trying to escape, he became vigilant. As soon as the car driver slowed down due to traffic, Sawant ran and stood in front of the vehicle but Hanuvate, the driver of the car kept on driving. He suddenly pushed the accelerator of the car causing traffic in charge to fall on the bonnet. His leg got stuck in the bumper.
The car driver took the traffic police for a ride for about 1 km. The police officer sustained a knee joint fracture during the incident. The cops arrested Yuvraj Hanuvate under various sections. Pune Police has charged the driver under section 307 (attempt to murder), section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 333 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from his duty) of the Indian Penal Code. It is not known if the car of the offender has been seized or not.
This is not the first such incident where the police officer has been dragged on the bonnet of the vehicle. In the past, many such incidents from Delhi-NCR have been reported. The driver of such cars is arrested immediately too.
Stop when cops ask
In the present time, almost all the police teams are equipped with wireless units that can be used to ensure that such vehicles can be stopped by the cops deployed ahead. Running away from the cops certainly means that you have done something wrong. Even the government is taking steps to streamline the process of issuing fine and challans. Most police officers simply click a picture of the violation and send the challan online. It is a much bigger crime to run away from the police officers when asked to stop for any reason.
If you feel that you have been issued a fine wrongly, you can always contest that in the court or by complaining to senior police officers. Yes, that’s a long process but it is the legal way of doing things in India.