05 February 2020
Bhubaneswar: A traffic inspector has landed into controversy after a video of him snatching the keys of a scooter and forcing the woman rider fall at his feet for breaking traffic rules went viral on social media.
Reportedly on Tuesday, the woman was returning home with her school-going daughter on a scooter when she entered a wrong route near Stewart School in Bhubaneswar. She was intercepted by the traffic police present at the spot and though she pleaded that she will return to pay fine after leaving her daughter home, Traffic-II Police Station IIC Pramod Kumar Pattanaik snatched the keys of her vehicle.
The woman requested Pattanaik to return the keys as she has to rush home and feed her daughter but he was adamant and offered the woman to drop her home in his official vehicle. On this, she said what will people think if she returns home in a police vehicle and even fell at his feet but her pleas and even public requests did not move the cop.
It is worthwhile to mention that Twin City Police Commissioner Dr Sudhanshu Sarangi had on November 30 last year had also said that with the introduction of e-challan the police will not take immediate action against any traffic violator. If the violator does not pay fine on the moment, he or she can pay later at a counter of Commissionerate Police or during renewal of vehicle-related documents at RTO office.
In her reaction, Bhubaneswar Cuttack Traffic DCP Sagarika Nath said that driving on the wrong side of the road is a non-compoundable offence as per which a policeman could arrest the violator without a warrant.
Non-compoundable offence are offences which cannot be compromised. They can only be quashed. The reason for this is the nature of the offence is considered grave and criminal, and the accused cannot be allowed to go scot-free.
As per the new Motor Vehicle Act, a person driving on the wrong side is entitled to a fine of Rs 1000 to Rs 5000 and or imprisonment of 6 months to 1 year for first offence plus seizure of driving license and Rs 10,000 fine and or imprisonment up to 2 years for the subsequent offence.
Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera said, "No question of 'dabangiri' arises if the woman has violated the law. Saving lives is the responsibility of the Government, people disobeying traffic rules are putting their lives in danger. Breaking rules and arguing with police is not acceptable. The rules will be implemented strictly from March 1."