An auto driver allegedly beat up a civic police volunteer at Howrah’s Uluberia. The incident took place on Monday night at Garuhata cross of Uluberia Town.
The speeding auto rickshaw flouted the traffic rules there before the civic volunteer stopped him at the roadside. The driver was beaten up when he wanted an explanation from the auto driver about why he flouted the traffic norm and asked him to come with him to the traffic police officer for a fine.
The angry driver pulled the collar of the civic volunteer and started to punch him there. The volunteer had no other alternative but to scream for help there. His seniors rushed there and caught the auto driver before he could decamp.
“Soumen Maity, the auto-driver is the resident of Uluberia’s Birshibpur. He was arrested on the charge of beating a civic volunteer. The victim Bacchu Mondal was the complainant in police station. We have arrested the auto driver on the basis of his complaint,” said a police officer.
The auto driver, however, alleged that the civic volunteer broke the windshield of his vehicle while he was stopping the auto. The incident irked him and he beat up the civic volunteer. “The cost of windshield is around Rs 5,000. How do I get the money? Police did not hear my grievance,” said Maity while going towards the courtroom.
It may be mentioned here that Jyotipriyo Mullick was harassed by some auto-rickshaw drivers at the gate of Khadya Bhavan at New Market area a few months ago.
There were some auto-rickshaws parked in front of the Food and Supply building when the state food and supply minister Jyotipriyo Mullick’s convoy was going out of the building. As the minister’s convoy was stuck the security personnel asked the auto-rickshaw drivers to move their vehicles so that Mullick’s car could pass.
Instead of removing their vehicles from the place the auto drivers misbehaved with the minister’s security. After seeing this, Mullick got down from the car and tried to convince the auto drivers to move their vehicles from the place. The auto drivers also misbehaved with the minister.
It must also be recalled that an auto driver was killed in accident at Uluberia few week ago. The Howrah police have already started campaigning ‘Safe Drive Save life’ among the unruly auto drivers.
“It is really important to educate them. The problem with the errant drivers can be solved only by educating them,” said an officer of the Howrah police.
However, the state government has release a set of guideline of the auto drivers recently.