A police officer was caught on camera hitting a bikerâ€™s motorcycle after he reportedly failed to stop for a check on Friday evening. CCTV visuals of the incident, which took place in Thiruvallur district in Tamil Nadu, show the biker losing control and falling off his bike. The biker has sustained injuries.
The video captured from a camera installed at a roadside eatery shows a traffic police officer waiting at a road in Ponneri area when the rider passes him by. While cop gestures at the rider to bring his vehicle to a halt, the rider seems to continue onwards. The police officer then hits the bike hard with his lathi. The biker loses control of the bike and falls off, as his bike scraps the ground, sparks flying. As locals rush to help the man, the police officer on duty slowly makes his way over, along with another cop.
According to reports, the police were leading a check across town to apprehend those travelling without helmets when the incident took place. Locals who rushed to help the injured biker later rushed him to the Ponneri Government Hospital where he received treatment for his injuries.
Locals in the area condemned the policemanâ€™s act and held a rasta roko, minutes after the incident. The protest caused a traffic jam on the Ponneri-Thiruvottiyur highway for half an hour.
Speaking to TNM, police officials said that the two police officers on duty at the incident, Mohan and Sivaraj, had been transferred from the Law and Order division to the Armed Reserve of the police.
â€śThe biker who fell down did not file a complaint. They reached a compromise since the officers received punishment (in the department). The officer acted in a fit of rage,â€ť said a police official from the Ponneri police station.
This is not the first time that the high handedness of the traffic police has been caught on camera. In November last year, a traffic inspector pushed a subordinate off his moving bike over a personal feud.