Mumbai Police caught on the wrong foot
Mumbai Police were caught on the wrong foot by a 34-year-old activist from Malvani Imran Shaikh. Thrice after the cops fined Imran for parking his vehicle at ‘no-parking zones’ on Marve road, and he collectively paid Rs 600 for it, he sensed that there was a goof-up in the third e-challan.
It was only following a cross check of the image of the vehicle online that Imran realized that it was not his car that was parked at the wrong spot. Speaking to the media, Imran asserted that after paying the fine online, he methodically checked the photographs. On two occasions, he had parked his car in no-parking zones. But he was shocked when he checked the third picture. This time it was not his car, but the challan was issued against his name.
On Friday, Shaikh wrote an email to Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve and Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar. The mail reads, “It is very surprising that due to such faulty equipment maintained by your department, citizens are forced to pay fines for no fault of theirs. It’s also strange how your department uses the faulty cameras, as I had not parked my vehicle bearing registration number MH47 W 4184 in front of a bus stop as mentioned in one of the challans.”
“It’s obvious from the photographs that a vehicle bearing registration number MH47 W 4104 was allegedly parked in front of bus stop and not my car. I paid for the fine without any fault of mine,” it reads further. It also mentions, “In view of the aforesaid circumstances it is necessary to report the matter to you as you are a responsible officer of the traffic cell. I request you to immediately refund the said fine amount, replace all the faulty traffic equipment in the city and immediately order an enquiry in the matter and book those involved in operating such equipment and maligning the department’s name.”
Sanjay M Bhaire
(Editor-In-Chief, Across State, Across Mumbai News)
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