Day later, traffic cop changes statement

Taking a step back Says car driver merely misbehaved with him, there was no assault

Traffic police inspector Kanaiyalal Shinde, who had alleged assault by a car driver earlier, on Wednesday changed his statement, saying the driver had merely misbehaved with him. The Bangur Nagar police have now booked the driver, script writer Manoj Shukla, under the Bombay Police Act for misbehaviour in a public place.

Shinde had on Tuesday threatened to quit claiming that he was admonished by his seniors for taking action against Shukla. Shinde said Shukla had abused and assaulted him when he stopped his car because of tinted window glasses.

A day after a traffic police officer threatened to quit when he was admonished by his seniors for taking action against scriptwriter Manoj Shukla, who the sub-inspector claimed had abused and assaulted him when stopped for tinted car windows in Malad West, the Bangur Nagar police on Wednesday booked Shukla under Section 110 of the Bombay Police Act for misbehaviour in a public place.

DCP (Traffic) M Dahikar was asked to conduct an inquiry into the matter, and take serious action if Shinde's allegation of assault was proved to be true.

Dahikar said when Shinde was called for his statement on Wednesday, he told them he was not assaulted by Shukla. "He just said that the driver had misbehaved with him," said Dahikar.

Shukla was fined for tinted glasses and driving without a licence.

"We cannot do anything if Shinde is saying he was not assaulted," said Ravindra Patil, senior inspector of the Malad traffic division.

Dahikar, however, said the inquiry was not over yet.

There was high drama near Inorbit Mall in Malad West on Tuesday afternoon, when the alleged altercation between the PSI and the scriptwriter took place.

Shinde had claimed he was on duty when a white Fiat sped past the barricading. The car (UP 44 P 9516) had tinted glasses and traffic constable Rajendra Galve gestured to car driver to halt, he said.

Shukla allegedly did not pay heed and crossed the signal. Shinde and Gavle chased the car and intercepted it. When Shinde knocked on the car window, Shukla got out of the vehicle. "He (the driver) began abusing us. When we asked him to stop, he climbed onto the car and began shouting and jumping, shattering a window glass. He was threatening us. The woman who was with him abused us, too," Shinde said on Tuesday.

Shinde claimed that when he asked for Shukla's licence, he threatened him and held his collar. "He assaulted me and when Galve intervened, he was also beaten up by the driver," Shinde had said.

By the time Shinde brought the scriptwriter to Bangur Nagar police station, media had arrived at the police station. The duty officer was heard telling Shinde that he should have let the car pass and noted down the registration number.

The Bangur Nagar police had recorded the statements of Shinde, Shukla and witnesses. Following this, Ravindra Patil, senior inspector (Traffic), arrived, and was seen scolding Shinde.

Shukla had told the police that Shinde abused his female friend and damaged his car.

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