Staff Reporter

Allegation of harassment and fleecing those not carrying documents

TAMBARAM: Residents and motorists in Alandur on Friday gheraoed two personnel attached to the St. Thomas Mount Traffic police wing on Friday, alleging that they harassed two-wheeler riders for money and threatened them with action for not carrying valid documents.

According to them, a sub-inspector, and a Grade One constable, intercepted motorists, mostly two-wheeler riders, on M.K.N. Road, Alandur, and demanded their registration papers, including licence, insurance, tax papers and pollution certificate. They reportedly detained dozens of motorists who did not have all papers.

The policemen allegedly demanded money from the motorists. A section of residents in the area gathered at the spot and the questioned the policemen's behaviour.

Confronted by the irate crowd, the policemen claimed that they were only issuing challans after collecting fine from those motorists who did not have the complete set of documents.

They contacted their colleagues at the St. Thomas Mount station who came to the spot and pacified the motorists. The traffic policemen were taken to St. Thomas Mount station, a senior officer of the Chennai City Traffic police said.

However, no case was registered against them as none of the residents or the motorists lodged a complaint. The officer said an Assistant Commissioner of Police would probe the incident and if the charges were found to be true, action would be taken against them.

Motorists complained that harassment by traffic policemen was on the rise, particularly after the suburbs were amalgamated with the city police. They said in such instances they did not know whom to contact to register complaints.