In a bizarre incident that occurred in Vasco on Wednesday, an angry mob thrashed a traffic sentinel, who was capturing photographs of vehicles violating traffic rules on his cell phone while seating in his car.
Vasco police have arrested two youth for their alleged involvement in rioting, abusing and threatening to kill the traffic sentinel and also for wrongfully restraining him.
According to information from Deputy Superintendent of Police, Vasco, Sunita Sawant, as a part of community policing and active participation of members of the public through the traffic sentinel scheme, one Alfredo Almeida, a resident of Shantinagar, was capturing photographs of traffic rule violators on his cell phone while he was seated in his Maruti Suzuki Esteem car, which was parked alongside the F L Gomes Road in Vasco.
Police said that around 11.40 am, some motorists noticed him clicking
the photographs and tried to question him. The verbal argument between the traffic sentinel and the
motorists soon led to a serious law and order problem. Sensing danger to his life, the traffic sentinel called up the local police for help but before the cops could reach the spot, the agitated crowd turned violent and smashed the sentinel’s car by damaging the front and rear windshields. The mob later thrashed the sentinel by pulling him out of his car and flipped his car over. Police said that the badly beaten and bruised traffic sentinel was immediately rushed to a hospital for treatment.
Based on the live footage of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and with the help of cell phone visuals, police arrested two youth – Kedar Pednekar (28), a resident of New Vaddem, and Suraj Satardekar (23), resident of Belabai – under Sections 143, 341, 504, 506 (ii), 352, 427 read with 149 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). Police have also called up several youth, who were spotted at the incident site, for the purpose of recording their statements.
Meanwhile, the situation in and around the Vasco police station was tense till late Wednesday evening following the arrest of the two youth. A large number of youth from Vasco had gathered at the police station demanding the release of the two youth, who were later released on bail by the police.
Police sub-inspector Ritesh Tari is further investigating into the case under the supervision of police inspector Nolasco Raposo. Superintendent of Police, South, Arvind Gawas visited the Vasco police station in the afternoon and took stock of the situation.