Pratap Simha, the Lok Sabha MP representing Mysuru, Karnataka, got into a heated argument with cops when he was stopped from entering Hunsur. The cops were preventing him from breaking prohibitory orders imposed ahead of the Hanuma Jayanti celebrations in Hunsur, near Mysuru. At Bilikere, where Mr. Simha was stopped at a police check point, the Member of Parliament is seen questioning the cops for stopping him. He then got into the driver’s seat of the Toyota Innova Crysta he was traveling in, broke a barricade and and nearly ran down a couple of cops. The entire incident was caught on video.
The Karnataka police has filed criminal cases against the MP, for rash driving, and obstructing public servants from doing their duty under the sections 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 279 (rash and negligent driving) of the Indian Penal Code.
The MP – who is also the chief of BJP’s Yuva Morcha (youth wing) in Karnataka – was arrested, and later released. Prior to his arrest, the MP had even tweeted that he ‘pushed a barricade’, and that he’d soon be arrested.
Mysuru district administration n @SPmysuru is all set to file a criminal case against me in Bilikere Station for pushing the barricade near KR Nagar junction!
— Pratap Simha (@mepratap) December 3, 2017
When asked to stop by the cops, STOP
It’s illegal to drive away from a police checkpoint without stopping. It’s also a criminal offence to damage public property and cause hurt to a public servant discharging her/his duty. Driving is a privilege, and not a right, and it’s very important to remember that serious hurt, or even death can be caused when a car hits people. The first gear has tremendous torque and can easily kill a person coming in front of a vehicle that’s being accelerated hard. As a pedestrian, simply get out of the vehicle’s way. It’s just too dangerous to try and stop a moving car.