On July 13, 2018, 34-year-old traffic cop Minaj Khan was stationed at Lokhandwala, Andheri, for her regular duty. The cop was carrying out a routine check for vehicles and licenses when she saw an auto driver trying to escape by driving towards Infinity Mall. The man was in such a hurry that he rammed into a bike parked nearby.
Khan quickly jumped into action and stopped the driver. When she asked the 39-year-old driver to produce his license, she saw that it had expired.
As per protocol, she asked the violator to pay a fine to issue a challan. Instead of accepting his mistake or paying the fine, the auto driver, identified as Mohd Kalim, tried to intimidate her by showing off his ‘media’ ID.
According to a Mid-day report, he threatened her to not mistake him as a lowly auto driver and claimed to belong to the media. He quickly snatched the license from her hand and pushed her. He also threatened her by driving his vehicle towards her.
It was at the time that the commotion gathered public attention. Immediately, passers-by and shopkeepers in the vicinity rushed to her aid.
They refused to let the auto driver escape, by snatching the keys of his vehicle and caught hold of the unruly driver.
Despite the incident, Khan stood undeterred. She used her presence of mind and dialled the women’s helpline 103.
This alarmed the Amboli Police Station, and a squad of cops along with Senior Inspector Bharat Gaikwad rushed to the spot. They recorded Minaj Khan’s statement. The driver was arrested and booked under IPC sections 353 and 354 and 3/181 and 21(18)/177 of the Motor Vehicles Act.
He was later produced in court and sent to police custody.
The report mentioned that the cops are now investigating how the driver had a press card. Kalim, who was later identified to be a habitual traffic rule violator, had five challans raised against him between 2016 and 2017.
Speaking to Mid-day, the brave cop said, “Kalim was unruly with me throughout the episode. If he could misbehave and intimidate a policewoman like this, he’s definitely a threat to women.”
Paying a challan and being careful on the road is a lot easier than creating pandemonium and showing off IDs to get out of a situation. We also hope the story alerts citizens against taking the law into their hands or trying to attack the uniformed personnel who are only doing their duty.
The traffic cop, as well as the alert bystanders, displayed grit and presence of mind in handling the situation. Kudos to them!
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)