With concerns about women’s safety being raised in the backdrop of the recent Hyderabad shocker, a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) and three of his friends decided to track the movement of a Pink Hoysala.
They were aghast at what they saw: Deployed to protect women and children, the police patrolling vehicle was being used by male personnel to collect bribes.
Intending to show how cops across the country had become alert following the rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad, the four friends, which included two techies, shot videos of six police personnel travelling in the Pink Hoysala (KA-02 G-1770) on December 7. They zeroed in on a vehicle in VV Puram.
“We saw the personnel munching on snacks from eateries/stalls and collecting money from the owners. If they are so busy collecting bribes, how will they respond to women and children in distress,” asked the NRI, who didn’t wish to be identified.
The friends confronted the cops and told them they were in the wrong. One of them apologised after realising they had been filmed. “Is this is how Pink Hoysalas safeguard women in the city? I wouldn’t have dared to shoot the videos if I had been alone. The personnel would have locked me up for some reason and would have forcefully deleted the videos,” said the NRI, who owns a software company in the US.
The NRI dialled 100 to get contact details of senior officers. “From the control room, I got the mobile number of assistant commissioner of police (VV Puram division) Vali Pasha. I spoke to him and explained the issue. He assured me of action against errant personnel,” the NRI said.
2 constables’ suspended
Deputy Commissioner of police (south) Rohini Sepat Katoch said she suspended two constables after finding them guilty. “The matter came to our notice the next morning. A departmental inquiry was initiated and two constables suspended,” she added.