Cab Drivers Protest Against Traffic Police Officer in City

SRINAGAR —Scores of Sumo and Tavera taxi drivers Tuesday staged a protest against a Traf­fic Police Officer accusing him of ‘harassment’ and ‘loot’ in the name of discharging official duty.

The drives from different parts of Kashmir assembled here in Press Enclave Srinagar and staged a protest. They said that one Traffic Police Officer of DySP rank Farooq Ahmed seized their vehicles from dif­ferent parts of Srinagar. “We are being asked to pay Rs 2500 to Rs 3500 in the garb of challan. Our fault is that we are enter­ing in the limits of Srinagar city. We are not allowed to pick and drop the passengers near LD Hospital. Even Jahangir Chowk is closed for us. We don’t know about the route plan. We are a frustrated lot,” the protesting drivers said.

“We are all educated and are not doing any government jobs. We request the concerned de­partment to take action against the said police officer who has become habitual of harassing poor drivers,” they said.

The protesting drivers urged upon the authorities and Gov­ernor Administration to transfer the said officer. “Despite being in possession of all documents and despite following traffic rules, we are being targeted and mon­ey is being grabbed for us. We have no source of income and we appeal Governor Administration to take the matter seriously,” the protesting drivers said.

IGP Traffic Alok Kumar later said that he would look into the matter. “As per court directions only contract carriage can enter into city limits. Sumos and Tav­eras have a different route plan. Still I will look into the matter,” he added.

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