AAP worker arrested for arguing with traffic cops, released on bail

An Aam Aadmi Party worker, Dinesh Wankar, was arrested by the Manjalpur police in Vadodara after a police sub-inspector of the traffic department lodged a formal complaint. Wankar, who was charged for voluntarily obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions, had got into an altercation with traffic police personnel over their arbitrary imposition of fines on vehicles breaking traffic rules.

Wankar, who was riding his two-wheeler from GIDC to Alkapuri, got into a serious quarrel with traffic police when he observed that the traffic personnel were fining only some vehicles while letting most of them pass by despite breaking traffic rules.

On Monday, Wankar was caught at the GIDC circle in a random checking and fined Rs 50 for not possessing the Registration Certificate book of his two-wheeler. Wankar says when he stopped to video-record the police picking out random vehicles for checking and only fining some arbitrarily, the police rushed towards him and began abusing him.

Wankar says, "They were letting some vehicles pass by just because the driver knew the officers or he called up someone and handed over the phone to the police. I asked them why they were letting some vehicles pass by and fining the rest. To that, they lost their cool and began abusing me." Wankar says that when the crowds gathered and supported him, the police whisked him away to Manjalpur police station and he was booked under Section 186 of the IPC for obstructing a public servant in discharge of public functions.

Wankar was let off on bail on Monday evening, after the police produced him in court. The AAP has now decided to take the issue of misdealing of traffic police seriously. SV Parmar, ACP Traffic said, "My PSI on duty told me that the man was abusive after his motorbike was stopped. The officers were not even aware that he was a worker of AAP."

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