Five youths allegedly duped policemen by providing false vehicle registration details after they were booked for vrooming recklessly in super luxury cars on Sunday. Three of of the five claimed to be related to influential politicians and builders, and allegedly intimidated policemen who chased and caught them at a plush hotel. One of them allegedly tried to kick a constable. Politicians’ aides and an ADGP-rank officer took to task the policemen who had booked the youths, police sources said.
Of the three cars involved, only one — a Porsche — was seized. The other two, both Jaguars, were allowed to go, thanks to the offenders’ clout, a source said.
On Sunday evening, Aditya Reddy, Koushik Ganesh, Siddhanth and two others were caught for speeding on Race Course Road. They were fined and let off.
Sub-inspector Srinivas T R, who chased them, was posted to the High Grounds traffic police station only earlier this week. He said he noticed the three cars zipping by at Basaveshwara Circle around 5.45 pm. “They jumped a signal and pedestrians crossing the road started screaming. I gestured to the cars to stop. They ignored me and drove away. I chased them on my Bullet,” he told Express.
For the full text of the report in the New Indian Express, click here
Below are the excerpts from the ToI report (full text accessible here):
The brat pack has taken its revenge. The traffic policemen who chased three rich kids in their hot wheels through Race Course Road on Sunday evening, were subjected to a verbal lashing from their superiors and politicians. Even a minister from the Siddaramaiah government joined in to chastise the cops and their colleagues attached to High Grounds traffic police station, through Sunday night.
Quite expected, for the cops had dared to take on the rich and influential. Never mind that the young men had driven rashly through a crowded thoroughfare, allegedly abused policemen doing their duty, and offered bribes too.
The policemen spent an anxious Monday, wondering if the episode would lead to suspension or a punishment transfer. According to their colleagues, what unfolded on Race Course Road was any conscientious policeman's nightmare. "The three youths yelled at the policemen who dared to stop them. They first boasted of their connections, with one of them claiming to be former chief minister Krishna's grandson," they said.
We, Prajagalu, have very rightly been critical of the police whenever misdeeds by some of them have come to our notice - eg here, here, and there are more.
As such, perhaps it's incumbent upon us to standby one of them when he goes about his job diligently, in fact goes beyond his call of duty, in the overall interest of the citizens, particularly so when his bosses at high levels are choosing to haul him up, used to as they are to licking their political bosses' boots.
Through nominating S I Srinivas for the Namma Bengaluru award, hopefully the Civil Society should be able to convey a message to the flexible-spined police bosses, and their political mafioso chiefs (whoever they are), that these acts of theirs are being made note of by the citizens, and they will strike back at the appropriate time. Simultaneously, it should also convey a message to the likes of Mr Srinivas that their work is being appreciated by the public at large, and thereby embolden them to carry on their good work.