Police Gundagardi : Cop drags out driver from moving HRTC bus, thrashes him for not stopping (Video)
An eyewitness sent us a video and pictures from the scene. The eyewitness was traveling in the same bus and confirmed that driver was not at fault, at all. Other eyewitnesses also claimed that the policeman threatened that his photo must not appear anywhere in newspaper or social media.
SHIMLA- After beating-up tourists publicly near Victory Tunnel, Shimla; in another incident, Himachal Pradesh Policemen displayed ‘Gundagardi’ yet again.
In South Indian filmy style, two policemen dragged out a bus driver from a moving HRTC bus near Totu Chowk. Reportedly, a passenger applied the handbrake to stop the bus. After pulling driver out, held by the collars, the policemen trashed and misbehaved with him. The policemen accused that he had waved his hand to stop the bus at a spot not far from Tutu (driver didn’t stop) when the bus was headed towards Shimla from Devnagar, so the policeman chased the bus and beat the driver in public view, and also disrupted the traffic flow for over an half-an-hour.
According to the driver and the eyewitnesses, the bus was already overloaded and had no space. The passengers also accused that other traffic policemen, who were present at the Totu Chowk, did nothing, but watched from distance.
When the driver approached the police, they registered a cross FIR in a case where where he was merely a victim.
An eyewitness sent us a video and pictures from the scene. The eyewitness was traveling in the same bus and confirmed that driver was not at fault, at all.
Other eyewitnesses also claimed that the policeman threatened that his photo must not appear anywhere in newspaper or social media.
When asked why he beat the driver, he said that he tried to stop the bus for a patient, and not for himself. He also claimed that he didn’t need the bus as he had his own bike. However, later his statement changed, in which he mentioned taking lift in a car to chase the bus.
It’s not the first time Himachal Pradesh Police, especially Shimla police, displayed extreme lawlessness and bullying by misusing the power vested in uniform. How come anyone dares to beat a driver for not stopping the bus when the driver had obvious reason? If the policeman had any complaint regarding the driver, he should have lodged a complaint to HRTC authorities.
After DW Negi took charge as the SP Shimla, such incidents have become common. The SP has no control over the force. Rather, the SP advocates vengeance based ideology and back up the policemen for whatever they do. We wonder, still DW Negi continue to enjoy the patronage of government.
We will request the Transport Minister GS Bali to ensure safety of staff on duty and action against the erring cops.