Minor boy booked for attacking traffic cop

PUNE: The Bund Garden police on Friday booked a 17-year-old boy for attacking a traffic policeman after he was caught for talking on his cellphone while driving a scooter. Moreover, the scooter didn’t have a number plate.

The boy, who cleared the Secondary School Certificate exam, was on his way to the school to collect the mark sheet when policeman Jaywant Devidas Bhalerao of the Bund Garden traffic division signalled him to stop at Kirad Chowk around 3.10pm. The youth was in the process of crossing the chowk to reach Sadhu Vaswani Chowk.

On closer inspection, Bhalerao noticed that the registration number on the front side of the scooter was missing and the boy didn’t have a driving licence too. When he questioned the youth, he became aggressive.

Bhalerao told TOI, “The boy pushed me and tried to run over me and an RTI activist who was passing by and had stopped to see what had happened. He abused me and the activist and threatened to teach us a lesson. He handed over the keys of the scooter to his friend who sped away with the vehicle.”

Bhalerao called the police control room and a beat marshal reached the spot and handed over the boy to the Bund Garden police. “We summoned the boy’s father, who appealed us to take stringent action against his son as he was fed up with him,” he said. “I have lodged an FIR for preventing a public servant from performing duty among other charges of the against him,” he added.

Senior inspector M M Mujawar said, “We allowed the youth to go as he was fasting for Ramzan. He will be soon detained and a charges sheet filed against him in the juvenile court.”

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