Youth arrested for 'abusing' police in Chennai

A screengrab from the CCTV footage which captured the tiff between the youth and the police in Chennai.  

A youth who came in a motorcycle along with his mother and sister was intercepted by the traffic police at T Nagar in Chennai and arrested on charges of abusing and assaulting police personnel.

According to police sources, M. Prakash (21) of Saligramam who works as a car driver came to T Nagar for shopping on Monday evening. Police stopped him for not wearing a helmet and riding triples. An argument ensued, resulting in the police pulling the youth by his collar and he holding on to the shirt of another police official. A video grab in the busy shopping destination of Chennai shows the mother pleading with the police to let her son go.

One of the Reserve Sub-Inspectors is seen pushing the woman down. She rises and again approaches him to spare her son. The RSI is again seen assaulting her. Enraged over this, Prakash who is being held by another police official, rushes forward to grab the collar of the RSI who assaulted his mother. The mother and her daughter then pleaded with the police to leave Prakash. The incident happened in full public view and was captured in CCTV installed in the area.

Police registered a case against Prakash under Section 294 (b) (uttering obscene words in public place), 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 427 (Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees). He was produced before the Saidapet Judicial Magistrate and remanded to judicial custody.

His mother Sangeetha who suffered chest pain allegedly after police assaulted her with a walkie talkie was taken to the Government Hospital for treatment. Prakash was lodged in Puzhal central prison.

When contacted, a senior police official said Prakash had pulled the shirt of a police officer in duty and damaged his buttons. The accused had prevented the police from discharging their lawful duty, he said.


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