Penalised youth contests cops’ breath analyser report

Hospital issued the clean chit, says the motorist

A youth from the Old City has lodged a complaint against the Sultan Bazar Traffic police at the Sultan Bazar police station after he was handed a challan for alleged drunk driving on Saturday night.

It so turned out that the man identified as Syed Zaheeruddin of Shalibanda claimed he was a ‘teetotaller’ after the breath analyser showed his breath alcohol content was 43 mg/100 ml.


The man entered into an argument with traffic cops around 9 p.m., stating he was not drunk and never tasted alcohol and stated that the breath analyser was showing wrong reading.

Further, he walked into the Sultan Bazar police station and lodged a complaint. Mr. Zaheeruddin sought their assistance in getting his blood alcohol content test.

Blood test at Osmania

Following which a police constable accompanied him to the Osmania General Hospital where test showed negative and doctor report stated that he was not under the influence of alcohol.

Talking to media Mr. Zaheeruddin said around 9 p.m. on Saturday he was driving his SUV car and traffic police halted his vehicle during drunk driving enforcement drive.

“A cop asked me to breath into the hand held analyser and a few seconds later he asked me to get out of the vehicle and issued me a challan,” he said, adding police seized his car.

“I told them I was not drunk, but they were not prepared to heed to my words,” he said.

‘Procedure followed’

However, sticking to their stand Sultan Bazar Traffic inspector G. Shankar Raju maintained that their devices never show wrong readings and that said they followed Standard Operating Procedure during the enforcement drive.

He said they issued challan and seized Zaheeruddin’s vehicle after the analyser showed his BAC was 43mg/100 ml.

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