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Army clashes with police in Pune

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IBN Live reports:

A major clash took place between some Army personnel and traffic policemen in Pune on Tuesday night. Two jawans on a motorcycle allegedly beat up traffic policemen after they were stopped from going into a no-entry zone.

Witnesses say the argument turned violent when the constables tried to issue the jawans a challan.

Some civilians who tried to break up the fight were also beaten up.

Journalists who captured the fight were also reportedly manhandled. Police teams and Army men in six vehicles rushed to the scene.

A case has now being filed over the clash.

The Army has also taken note of the incident. A statement issued by the Army said, “Strict action will be taken against those found guilty in the incident. We will not tolerate any indiscipline.”

Videos of the rioting are now on YouTube and NDTV. TOI adds:

[Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Vishwas] Phadtare told TOI, “It all started around 7.30 pm when two women traffic constables on duty, Latika Maner and Sunita Gorude, intercepted a motorcycle that came along the Sambhaji bridge from Khandujibaba chowk to Tilak chowk in violation of the two-wheeler restriction on the bridge. A CME officer was riding the motorcycle with his colleague.”

“An altercation prevailed between the traffic constables and the two motorcycle-borne youths. One of the youths insisted that the police cannot act against him as he was a serving army officer,” said inspector Arjun Sakunde, incharge of Vishrambaugh police station. A male constable, Nilesh Tapke, from the nearby police chowky intervened while the altercation was on.

Phadtare said, “The two CME officers manhandled Tapke and Maner and went on to damage some property at the chowky.” One of the officers also summoned his colleagues. “Around 40 men, who were not in uniform, reached the site and got into a verbal exchange with the police personnel,” said DCP (crime) Rajesh Bansode. Meanwhile, press reporters and photographers, who reached the spot, were also assaulted by some of these 40 men. Later, the military trucks moved in to the site.

A petty incident which seems to have been blown up beyond control because those involved did not understand that they are not above the law. The army will take action, one is sure. But this kind of thing should not happen. Is it possible that if teachers encourage discussion and debate of the contents such as the supremacy of the constitution and the rule of the law, then one might have less of these completely avoidable incidents?


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

February 1, 2012 at 4:11 am

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  1. Pune traffic police is very rude and abusive , they have lost their respect in the eyes of others because they ask for bribe the police first needs to work on to regain its reputation and as far as supremacy, both are equally important for the nation.


    February 1, 2012 at 6:09 am

    • I’m not sure about the implication of your long and breathless sentence. If you are only saying that the police need to earn the trust of the people of Pune, then I certainly have a very healthy respect for your opinion. But may be you raised a different issue: does the traffic police ask for a bribe if you are not already in the wrong? I’m sure you do not mean to say that it is okay for army men to riot and beat up civilians, media people and policemen. Certainly the western command does not think this is allowed.

      Arhopala Bazaloides

      February 2, 2012 at 4:27 am

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