The video of a Mumbai traffic police towing away a car with a woman feeding her baby at the backseat is doing the rounds of the Internet. According to eyewitnesses, a traffic cop caught their car parked in a no-parking zone at the busy SV Road and started towing the car away. However, the constable Shashank Rane said that he had called the Malad police control room, saying that the woman and her husband tried to obstruct him from doing his duty.
Rakhi Mali, the woman in the backseat, told media that she was already sitting in the car when the constable ordered towing away the car. She said, "My husband requested the traffic cop to take the fine amount and release our car. Our child is unwell and we wanted to rush to a doctor. However, the traffic cop was adamant and did not listen to us."
According to a report by NDTV, the woman also flashed her medical prescription from the window, but the cops did not even stop then. Speaking to ANI, she said, "The policemen towing the car did not even once ask me to get down, even when I told them that I am breastfeeding my baby they still did not stop."
The video also shows Mali asking the policemen to stop the car since she was sitting in the backseat and feeding her baby and that the baby was unwell. The matter was later resolved after the local police intercepted. Furthermore, the person who recorded the video said that the constable was keen on taking bribe for not taking action against the couple. The traffic police, however, said that he did fine the husband for parking the car in the No Parking Zone. Meanwhile, joint commissioner of police (traffic), Amitesh Kumar, told the Times of India, "The DCP traffic (western suburbs) has been ordered to visit the spot and conduct an inquiry into the incident at once. It will be dealt with appropriately and sternly after the report is received tomorrow (Sunday)."
Mali, meanwhile, added that there were two other cars parked in the same area, but they were not picked up.
A Malad traffic officer was reported saying, "The couple had gone somewhere after parking their car on the busy S V Road. The traffic constable took action and the woman's husband, Yuvraj Mali, even paid a fine for parking in a noparking zone."
Backing the statement was Vishwanath Shelar, Malad traffic police inspector, who said, "The woman got into the car after the towing vehicle started pulling it and began arguing with traffic cops. The traffic constable immediately alerted the police control room and Malad police, who intervened and the matter was resolved after her husband paid the fine."
The identity of the person who recorded the video has not yet been ascertained.
No the Policemen towing the car did not even once ask me to get down, even when I told them that I am breastfeeding my baby they still did not stop: Jyoti Male pic.twitter.com/HpYEapJK4j— ANI (@ANI) November 11, 2017