Venky Nallagutta, a software engineer by profession, has accused traffic police in KR Puram, Bengaluru, of using a traffic violation as a pretext to detain him for six hours, and confiscating his gold chain, cash and mobile phones. In his formal complaint, Nallagutta alleged that the cops refused to return his chain and stripped his wallet of its cash. 

 

As per Nallagutta's statement, he had stepped out, along with his relative, on 15 August. As he had parked his car in a 'no parking zone’, the KR Puram traffic police levied a fine on him. Nallagutta claims he asked for a receipt after paying the fine.

 

Police reportedly took offence to the request and a heated argument followed, after which the cops brought Nallagutta to the nearby police station.

 

There, Nallagutta says, they confiscated his gold chain worth ₹40,000, his wallet and two mobile phones. Then they registered a ‘Driving under the influence’ case against him. Nallaguttta said that no test was performed on him to ascertain whether he was drunk at the time.

 

Six hours later, Nallagutta alleges that the cops offered to release him if he paid ₹3000. Having said so, Nallagutta said, they took all the money from his wallet and returned an empty wallet and his mobile phones. They did not return the gold chain, he alleged.

 

He has registered a complaint with Abhisek Goyal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic, on Wednesday evening in this regard.