NSCI se­cu­rity of­fi­cer tries to rough up cop, faces FIR

The fight broke out af­ter the in­spec­tor asked him to stop exit of ve­hi­cles from the club for a while so that it eases traf­fic move­ment on the Haji Ali Road

Mid Day - - CITY - ANURAG KAM­BLE anurag.kam­ble@mid-day.com

MUM­BAI’S traf­fic woes are get­ting worse by the day, and some­times, even the cops are at a loss try­ing to han­dle it. In yet an­other ex­am­ple of how this choc-a-bloc city can land peo­ple in trou­ble, the chief se­cu­rity of­fi­cer of the Na­tional Sports Club of In­dia (NSCI) has been booked for ar­gu­ing and get­ting into a brawl with a po­lice in­spec­tor of the Tardeo traf­fic di­vi­sion, af­ter he re­fused to close a gate of the club to ease traf­fic move­ment on the

Haji Ali Road. The Tardeo po­lice have reg­is­tered an

FIR against him.

Tweets, com­plaints pour in

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, around 3.30 pm on Wed­nes­day, af­ter an ex­hi­bi­tion at NSCI got over the gate for mem­bers was opened up for them to leave. As cars started pulling out, the traf­fic on Haji Ali Road slowly came to a stand­still and the con­ges­tion ex­tended up to the Worli Naka (al­most 2 km from the club). Many who were stuck in the traf­fic started tweet­ing about the sit­u­a­tion and some of them even called up the traf­fic con­trol room. Soon af­ter, the Tardeo traf­fic di­vi­sion was asked to clear the con­ges­tion at the ear­li­est.

When Balasa­heb Chavhanke, po­lice in­spec­tor of Tardeo traf­fic di­vi­sion, rushed to the spot and asked the club’s se­cu­rity of­fi­cials to close the gate for a while so that they could re­lease the traf­fic, his or­der was fol­lowed. But, soon af­ter, when the mem­bers asked them to open the gate, the se­cu­rity of­fi­cials did ac­cord­ingly. This wors­ened the sit­u­a­tion.

When Chavhanke asked Chief Se­cu­rity Of­fi­cer, Swami Na­traj Singh, why he al­lowed them to open the gate, a tiff broke out be­tween the two. A po­lice of­fi­cer said, “Singh not only ar­gued with the in­spec­tor, but he also tried to man­han­dle him. The se­cu­rity per­son­nel stopped him from do­ing so. This went on while the mem­bers’ ve­hi­cles were leav­ing the club.”

Af­ter the in­spec­tor nar­rated the in­ci­dent to Joint Com­mis­sioner (Traf­fic), Amitesh Kumar, he was asked to file a com­plaint against Singh. An FIR was reg­is­tered against him un­der sec­tion 353 of IPC on Thurs­day night, but till Fri­day he was not ar­rested.

A mis­un­der­stand­ing

‘Singh not only ar­gued with the in­spec­tor, but he also tried to man­han­dle him. The se­cu­rity per­son­nel stopped him from do­ing so. This went on while the mem­bers’ ve­hi­cles were leav­ing the club’ ‘The en­tire thing hap­pened be­cause of a mis­un­der­stand­ing. I didn’t try to as­sault the cop. I will co-op­er­ate with the po­lice in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion’

How­ever, speak­ing to mid-day, Singh said, “The en­tire thing hap­pened be­cause of a mis­un­der­stand­ing. I didn’t try to as­sault the cop. I will co-op­er­ate with the po­lice in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Even af­ter re­peated at­tempts to con­tact Ab­hi­nash Kumar, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone 3), he re­mained un­avail­able.

FILE PIC

As club mem­bers started leav­ing af­ter at­tend­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion, traf­fic got held up on the Haji Ali Road.

Swami Na­traj Singh

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