Instances of traffic policemen and lower-rung officials manhandling people at the slightest provocation are on rise

Efforts by senior police officers to make their force more people-friendly by conducting orientation and training programmes are not paying dividends. The slogan, ‘For You, With You, Always’, virtually sound hollow. That is the ground reality.

Instances of traffic policemen and lower-rung officials manhandling people at the slightest provocation are on rise in Old City.

In the latest incident, a traffic police sub-inspector of Bahadurpura, K.V. Anjaneyulu, reportedly assaulted a woman and her son over the issue of producing vehicle documents last Friday. Both lodged complaints against each other at the Hussainialam police station.

In a similar incident on Tuesday evening, two traffic home guards stopped an auto rickshaw near Charminar, and when the driver tried to evade them, they dragged him out of the vehicle and beat him in front of his family members. The family was heading to a hospital, and the woman had to literally beg the Inspector to let them go. The home guards were not wearing name badges, eye witnesses said.

These are no isolated incidents. A few weeks ago, a sub-inspector of the Charminar traffic police station allegedly beat up a car driver on Nayapul bridge after an argument broke out between them over tinted film. Later, the officer apologised.

Traffic cops assaulted an auto rickshaw driver near Madina building a month ago over payment of penalty in front of his family members. The family lodged a complaint at the Charminar police station.

The fact that such cases are happening with unfailing regularity has angered people. “First of all, police do not speak properly, and the second thing is that they try to extort money. If we resist, they issue a challan on some pretext or the other,” said Abdul Gaffar Khan, a businessman.

“At times we find traffic policemen deployed with tow vehicles standing in civilian clothes and flagging down vehicles. It is nothing but harassment for the sake of setting a record of the highest fine collection,” felt Syed Altaf, a resident of Falaknuma.

Meanwhile, traffic police sources said it was because of the pressure to book a fixed number of traffic challans every day such things happened.

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