Former Delhi Police officer Kiran Bedi said on Monday that stringent action should be taken against the Delhi traffic cop who was caught on camera hitting a woman driver with a brick, adding that compulsory retirement should be given to him.
Reacting over the road rage incident, in which the Delhi biker was attacked by a Traffic policeman for allegedly refusing to pay a bribe, Bedi said, “The man should be strictly punished so that everyone thinks twice before repeating such things.”
“The Police Commissioner has already said that they have lodged an FIR. They have suspended the policeman. I would think that they need to take a step further: compulsory retirement should be given,” ANI quoted Bedi as saying.
“Let him face a criminal charge because such people cannot be relied upon. You cannot have such an angry, stressed out, unprofessional policeman… Secondly, they need to study him and get him analysed. What was his trigger?” she added.
The shocking incident of police brutality took place today afternoon in posh Golf Link area of central Delhi after a minor altercation.
The victim, who was riding a two-wheeler, said that the traffic cop Satish Chander demanded a bribe accusing her of violating traffic rules and when she refused he first abused her before hitting with a brick. The woman was with her two minor children.
The video clip showed the woman picking up a brick and hurling it at the policeman’s bike while the constable was seen hitting her back with another brick.
Shortly after the incident took place, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said, “On behalf of myself and Delhi Police, I want to express my regret. The Head Constable has already been suspended. Apart from that, I have ordered that a criminal case be registered. We will investigate the matter.”
Following which he was suspended and arrested. The traffic policeman was arrested and a criminal case was filed against him after a video clip of the attack went viral.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government, which has been on the loggerheads with police, has strongly condemned the incident.
“The traffic cop involved in this shameful incident should be arrested immediately. The way he picked up a stone to hit the victim could have resulted in a major casualty,” Delhi Home Minister Satyender Jain said.