More than 50 national-level bikers participating in the MRF Mogrip FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship were detained by the Manchal police in Ranga Reddy district near Hyderabad for not getting the required permission for the rally and alleged traffic violations. However, a video of a policeman assaulting the organizer of the rally has surfaced, raising accusations of an over-reach by the police.
According to DC, the video shows race organiser, Mazdayar K, being assaulted and abused by Manchal inspector M Gangadhar.
The police said that that the bikers held a rally on village roads of Thippaiguda without valid permission and that the villagers were concerned due to the high speed driving. TNIE reports that the police have registered a case against the organizer and taken all the bikes into custody.
“All the bikers were riding bikes at speeds more than 150kmph and the frightened villagers tried to stop them. But without giving them a damn, the bikers threatened them and proceeded towards Tallapally. Some villagers alerted the police. The Manchal police sent a team to the spot but they refused to stop the race,” LB Nagar DCP Tsfeer Iqbal told TNIE.