Constable Deepmala Raju Nayar of the traffic police was taken aback, and also ‘frightened’ when a rickshaw driver slashed his chest with a razor blade before snatching the E-challan machine from her at the Pune railway station on Monday, simply because she was preparing to take action against him for violating the no-parking rule.
The driver, Vrushabh Baba Pise (23), went berserk in the afternoon, when the area was bustling with life and passenger movement at its peak. He had parked his vehicle at the gate of the railway station.
“Around 12.15 pm on Monday, when I was on patrol for traffic control, I saw an autorickshaw parked at the entry gate no-parking zone. I saw that there was no one in the driver’s seat. So, I tried to issue an e-challan. Suddenly, the accused came and started arguing with me. He threatened me that he would teach me a lesson after coming out of jail. He then snatched the challan machine from my hand and shouted at me,” Nayar told Mirror.
“When I told him to take his autorickshaw to the police station, he suddenly took out a razor blade from his pocket and slashed himself. I was frightened because he was bleeding, and that he might attack me. Another rickshaw driver arrived at the scene and helped me take the accused to the Council Hall police chowky. The accused also threatened that driver. Later, with the help of our senior officers and other staff, we gave the accused some medical treatment,” added the woman cop.
The Band Garden police have registered a case against Pise (23) under Sections 353, 186, and 189 of the Indian Penal Code.
Senior police inspector of Bund Garden police station Santosh Patil said, “We patrol the Pune railway station regularly. The traffic police issue E-challans for illegal parking and transport. On Monday, an autorickshaw driver attacked an on-duty woman constable. The accused forcefully grabbed the challan machine and injured himself with a razor blade. We arrested him after medical treatment. The further procedure is under way.”
Santosh Waghmare, police sub-inspector and the investigation officer, said, “Pise’s illegally parked autorickshaw was creating a jam at the railway station gate. Constable Nayar was following the rules by trying to issue an E-challan.”