Shockingly the locals who filmed the constable riding without a helmet were later arrested for obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty and use of wrongful restraint and criminal force.
After a video of a police constable riding a bike without a helmet in Bandra went viral on WhatsApp, Mumbai police swung into action to convey a very positive message – there’s no exception to the rule.
A circular was issued to all police stations on Friday, which mandated all personnel, whether in civil clothes or uniform, to ride two-wheelers wearing the protective headgear. It further stated that doing otherwise would tarnish the force’s image and all senior police officers must ensure that the rule is implemented with a zero-tolerance approach.
Joint Police Commissioner (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar said as per a report from Mumbai Mirror, all police personnel, both male and female, must wear helmets while riding at all times and also adhere to other traffic rules.
Earlier this month, Constable Pandarinath Aldar, posted at Nirmal Nagar Police Station in Andheri East, was videographed riding a patrol bike without a helmet.
A man from the area intercepted him, following which an altercation broke out. Another local recorded the incident, while several other residents of the area, looked on. In the footage, one of the locals can be seen snatching the constable’s bike keys while grilling him for breaking traffic rules that apply to all Mumbaikars.
The footage further shows that the cop had to borrow a helmet from a local, after which his keys were given to him. This clip then went viral, necessitating a diktat against such behaviour. The constable was also fined Rs 500 for not wearing a headgear.
However, what’s shocking here is that the good samaritans were later arrested on charges of obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty and use of wrongful restraint and criminal force.
Three of them were remanded in police custody for two days first, they were remanded for 14 days in judicial custody later.
Turns out, the constable had registered a case against the three under section 353 and 341 of the Indian Penal Code.
Senior Police Inspector Subhash Jadhav stated the trio was under the influence of alcohol during the incident.Last year, an Odisha policeman was fined for riding without wearing a helmet near Ainthapali Chhak in Sambalpur district, after two fellow riders made a video of him flouting traffic rules, which then went viral.