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Updated: December 27, 2013 02:31 IST

Beat constable kicks bystander

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Video grab of Beat Constable Manjunath, attached to the Chandra Layout police station kicking a bystander over a trivial row.
Video grab of Beat Constable Manjunath, attached to the Chandra Layout police station kicking a bystander over a trivial row.

A beat constable allegedly slapped and abused and even kicked a bystander in full public view on Thursday.

The policeman became violent when the victim tried to speak on behalf of a taxi driver whom the constable was trying to arrest for smoking near a roadside tea stall near the Nagarabhavi underpass.

The incident occurred when the beat policeman, identified as Manjunath, attached to the Chandra Layout police station, noticed a few persons standing and smoking near the tea stall. Manjunath stopped his patrolling bike and caught one of the taxi drivers for smoking in a public place.

The others, who were drinking tea and smoking, disappeared from the scene, while a group of curious onlookers gathered to watch the taxi driver apologising and pleading with Manjunath to let him go.

One among the bystanders came to his rescue and asked Manjunath to excuse him this time. While Manjunath was busy talking to the bystander, the taxi driver slipped away.

Manjunath, who realised this, got wild and began to hurl abuses at the bystander. He caught the bystander by his collar and slapped him repeatedly. While the bystander was trying to explain, Manjunath even kicked him on his groin before taking him to the station with the help of a tea supplier.

While passersby noticed the event, another bystander recorded the event on his mobile phone and then sent it to media houses.

The Chandra Layout police, when contacted, said that they were not aware of this incident.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and order) Kamal Pant termed it an inappropriate behaviour. “I will ask the Deputy Commissioner of Police concerned to look into the matter and take disciplinary action against the constable,” he said.

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Please stop treating smokers as criminals. We can see many police constables smoking inside Hoysala itself(Which is a public vehicle). Why no action against them?

from:  raghu
Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 at 14:52 IST

First of all, why did the bystander intervene? Why have a law if its application depends on the whims and fancies of policemen and bystanders? Then let us list all the offences that can be excused if some bystander interferes and says, "Sir, let him go this time". If the law is unfair or ineffective, get rid of it. Don't have a law and then break it.

Then, what was the policeman's intention at the beginning? Was he planning to demand a bribe? Issue of proper receipt must be made compulsory for every fine paid, mentioning the offense clearly. Also, when the police demand such payment, the person being fined should have the right to demand proof that the fine amount is correct, and the police must show him the official rule book. The police cannot make arbitrary claims like, "If you demand a receipt, the fine is 1,000 rupees, but without a receipt it is 200 rupees", etc. The police should not be allowed to exploit rules to collect bribes. Clearly we need discipline on both sides.

from:  Chander
Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 at 13:17 IST

The cops regularly charge "hafta" from tea, smoke and food vendors all over the city. This is not a revelation. This is allowed and tolerated openly. If someone wants to start a "Thela" using a cart or a modified autorickshaw, it is much more cheaper than starting a hygenic small hotel. Also, the rice from PDS is used by these small vendors.

from:  Prashant
Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 at 12:25 IST

It is good to see such news being published. People notice such
atrocities by police constables everywhere, but no one approaches media
because either they don't believe that their report would be published
or are not aware of the contact details of media houses.
It would be great if Media and publishing houses openly promote their
point of contact information to the general public.

from:  vishwas
Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 at 11:30 IST
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