EFFORTS OF THE FRONTLINE WORKERS-
The Police Department is very tirelessly doing their duties in maintaining the decorum and seeing that the covid-19 norms are followed by people all over the country. The Department works day and night, without worrying about their health even in a situation like this. There are so many people who are showing their gratitude towards the Police. One such effort was taken by the Prime Minister of our country, Narendra Modi, where the whole country together thanked the front-line workers for their selfless work.
Despite all of this, there are many people who not only don’t follow the lockdown guidelines but also abuse the frontline workers such as the Police Department Officials.
ABOUT THE INCIDENT—
Jatin Satra, a readymade clothing shop owner when challaned for parking his scooty in the no-parking zone in front of his shop very badly misbehaved with the police officials present there.
- This incident occurred in the month of April, this year in Mumbai.
- Mumbai Police Department Constable, Dnyaneshway Wagh, on a Thursday morning saw a scooty blocking a road that other traffic police were trying to unblock.
- The scooty was parked in a no-parking zone. Seeing this, the constable issued an e-challan against the scooty.
- When the scooty owner Jatin Satra arrived on spot, he abused and assaulted the Police Official.
WHAT DID THE POLICE SAY?-
“I told Satra not to argue and rather than pointing a finger at others he must see his fault, but he started abusing me, pushed me, and tried to attack me when people intervened,” Wagh said. “When I told him to wear a mask, he got furious and said police don’t have the authority to tell him about masks and that he wouldn’t wear one,” Wagh said.
The whole incident was shot on a phone. Jatin Satra was asked to calm down by the police officials and also the nearby people. But, he kept on assaulting and abusing the constable without even accepting his fault.
CHARGES IMPOSED ON THE ACCUSED-
The shop owner was then arrested by the Mumbai Police. He was also charged Under Indian Penal Code (IPC):
- Section 353- whoever assaults or uses criminal force to any public servant from the execution of their duty. Such a person shall be punished with imprisonment up to two years or pay a fine or both.
- Section 332- Voluntarily causing harm to a public servant to prevent them from doing their duty. The punishment for such an act is either imprisonment up to three years or paying a fine or both.
- Section 504- Intentionally insulting another person to provoke breach of peace. The punishment for this is either imprisonment for a period of up to two years or paying a fine or both.
- Section 506- Offense of criminal intimidation. The punishment for this is either imprisonment for a term that extends to two years or with a fine or both.