Corporator molests traffic cop after being fined for traffic breach
A 48-year-old woman inspector has complained that she was manhandled and molested by a Hadapsar corporator, after she took action against him and two others for violating traffic norms. The corporator, NCP’s Anand Alkute, then marched to the traffic deputy commissioner’s office to complain against her.
The senior cop has assured the parties of an inquiry in the matter. On Tuesday, Rehana Shaikh, inspector in charge of Hadapsar traffic branch, fined Alkute and two other men who work at Jyoti Motors - owned by the politician’s relative – for parking vehicles on footpath.
Shaikh said, “Despite repeated warnings and action by the traffic police, Alkute, one of whose relatives is in the business of second-hand vehicles, had parked 10 four-wheelers and three-wheelers on the road and footpath. On Tuesday, between noon and 1 pm, I went to the spot and asked for the vehicles to be removed, but the workers at the showroom were rude and did not comply. So I placed jammers on the vehicles.
“Later, Alkute asked me to take off the jammers. I asked him to pay a fine of R10,000, but he refused. Instead, he started abusing and manhandling me. He threatened me that I would have to pay for my actions with my job. So I went to the police station and lodged a complaint.”
The Hadapar police registered a case against Alkute and the other two under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code - molestation (354), assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty (353), criminal intimidation (506), intentional insult and provocation for breaking public peace (504), and illegal acts done with common intention (34).
R N Mohite, inspector in charge of Hadapsar police station, said, “We are yet to arrest Alkute. After the complaint, his followers approached us, demanding action against Shaikh. They had even planned an agitation.”
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sarang Awad said, “Former MLA Mahadev Babar, Alkute and some other people had come to meet me, complaining that Shaikh had no right to take action.
I am supporting her and pushing for the matter to be settled peacefully. We will initiate an inquiry into the matter that will be headed by the assistant commissioner of police.” When mid-day contacted Alkute, he said, “The matter has been mutually resolved. We have no issues with her.”