Mangaluru: Often there are cases when people holding responsible positions break the law and later justify their on some excuse or other, and also try to flaunt their high connections. An incident of this kind occurred near Unity hospital here on May 8.
Around 7:50 pm, when our correspondent was on her way home, the traffic on Falnir road was found blocked. Things worsened when many of the motorists from either direction, being unable to move forward, began taking U-turns to take to alternative routes. Out of curiosity, our correspondent got down from the car with her camera and reached the spot to see why the traffic had been blocked.
A large crowd could be seen near the Unity hospital, where there was a total gridlock. Speaking to mangalorean.com, traffic policeman Sampath, who was present there, said that some cars were parked in the ‘No Parking’ area by the sides of the road and also in front of the entrance of a house.
The owner of the house along with his family wanted to go out but were unable to go. The traffic policeman on duty locked the wheels of all the cars that were parked in the prohibited area and was busy managing the traffic.
One of the car-owners whose car wheel had been locked came in a hurry and without noticing the lock on the front right-hand side wheel moved his car to take a turn. While doing so the lock put on the wheel got stuck in the wheel housing and the car got jammed in the middle of the road with no further movement possible. This was the cause of the gridlock.
When the traffic police came to the spot the car owner Ashraf of Seva Dal started arguing with the police for locking his car. Speaking to mangalorean.com Ashraf said, “I parked my vehicle in front of the Unity hospital and went to bring medicine. When I returned, I did not notice the lock placed on the right wheel. Instead of locking my car he could have informed me. I am a responsible person in the society. I will file a personal case against the cop”, he said.
One of the local residents of the area, Jeffery residing in the area said, “Most of the vehicle drivers violate the traffic rules. They park their vehicles wherever they want to. In the first place, we do not have a footpath to walk on. Some of the people are violating the rules and when the police do their duty, they abuse them.”
Eyewitnesses said that Jeffery was jostled around by Ashraf’s supporters who arrived in big numbers. When Jeffery told them that only those who were present when the incident occurred should talk and not those who came later. This led to more aggressive abuse against him.
Shekar, another local, said that the lock from the wheel was removed because of some political pressure. He also said that Ashraf used foul language and manhandled another person who was trying to convince him not to park the vehicle in the no parking area.
The drama with the police continued for some time with Ashraf demanding money to repair his car without which he would not move the car from the road and reminding the police of his high connections.
As the commotion continued, the traffic was blocked for a long time.