Two-wheeler rider held for assaulting traffic cop

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 5 May 2018

Pune: Police Sub Inspector Umesh Londhe (39) of Chinchwad traffic division was roughed up by a two-wheeler rider, whom he had stopped on suspicion of drunken driving late on Wednesday evening in Nigdi. The accused was arrested by the Nigdi police and has been identified as Jaypraksh, a native of Bellary, Karnataka.

As per Londhe's statement, he stopped the rider, who was coming from the direction of Dehu Road at Bhakti-Shakti Chowk during a nakabandi. The rider started arguing with him and then assaulted him.

Pune: Police Sub Inspector Umesh Londhe (39) of Chinchwad traffic division was roughed up by a two-wheeler rider, whom he had stopped on suspicion of drunken driving late on Wednesday evening in Nigdi. The accused was arrested by the Nigdi police and has been identified as Jaypraksh, a native of Bellary, Karnataka.

As per Londhe's statement, he stopped the rider, who was coming from the direction of Dehu Road at Bhakti-Shakti Chowk during a nakabandi. The rider started arguing with him and then assaulted him.

The case once again highlights the issue of assaults on cops. As per police records, at least two such cases are reported every month in Pune. 

Ashok Morale, DCP (Traffic), said, "We do take legal action against such offenders. But people should understand that cops are there to help them and not trouble them. They should not indulge in physical violence."

In 2012, then Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh issued a circular in the wake of rising attacks on policemen. It laid down strict action such as arrest, refusal to issue passports and recommend cancellation of driving licences of offenders involved in assaulting police officers. But nothing seems to have changed. Inaction against such miscreants affects the morale of policemen who are victims of such attacks.

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