DUTY OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT-
The Police Department in the country is doing its duty excellently. Even during the pandemic, the police are selflessly doing their duty day and night without worrying about their health.
Yet, there are so many people who do not understand the seriousness of the corona disease even when thousands of people are losing their lives every day in the country.
- Since last year, the government, be it the state or the central government in India, has implemented various guidelines to curb the covid-19 cases in India.
- These rules are for the people to follow and to ensure their safety.
- Yet, there are so many cases reported on a daily basis about the violations of the guidelines. The police then issue challan and charge fines to such violators.
MISTAKE ON THE PART OF POLICE-
But it might also happen sometimes that the police wrongly issue a challan or charges a fine. While many people may simply pay the fine and leave, a businessman in Pune fought for the Rs 200 challan charges to him by the police.
WHAT HAD HAPPENED?
- Binay Gopalan, a businessman in Pune, had parked his bike in the parking space outside the bank of Baroda while visiting the bank.
- When he came outside he saw a few traffic police officers near the parking spot.
- He noticed that a part of the parking sign was missing which might have caused a little confusion.
Binay Gopalan tried reasoning the traffic cop as it was not his fault, but the police officer did not seem to believe him.
- The traffic police officer then issued a challan to Binay and asked him to pay a fine of Rs 200.
According to the police officers, they act on what they see as they deal with such cases numerous times a day.
ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE BUSINESSMAN-
Seeing this, Binay Gopalan took the case to the authorities as it was not a mistake on his part. The authorities initially believed him but did not agree to cancel the challan and the fine.
He filed a case against the traffic authorities claiming that they are charging innocent people that have not committed any mistake. In filing the case and taking the matter to the authorities the businessman has spent Rs 10,000 for a Rs 200 traffic challan case.
“The authority admitted to the gaffe but remained reluctant to erase it from the online system’s records, claiming this would simply increase their headache. They also suggested that I pay either Rs 200 or keep making rounds of the court and spend lakhs on court fees. I then decided to stick to my point. I spent around Rs 10,000 for two months with several rounds to the headquarters. This casual approach of cops hurt me and I wanted a proper resolution. Finally, on Friday, they agreed to my claim and canceled the online challan. Now, the sign confusing people has also been removed and the entire stretch has been declared a parking zone.”