GUWAHATI, July 14 - In yet another case of police highhandedness, a senior journalist of The Assam Tribune was verbally abused during a sudden police check for traffic rules violation near the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre.
The incident took place when senior journalist Devajit Chayengia who was travelling towards Dispur took the usual U-turn near the auction centre for his office this afternoon.
However, to Chayengia�s utter surprise, a group of police personnel led by ACP (Traffic) Nirupam Hazarika stopped his bike immediately after he took the U-turn near the NEDFi House.
�When I enquired about the reason, the ACP started using foul language repeatedly. He screamed at me and threatened to put me behind bars for asking questions,� Chayengia alleged.
Chayengia said, �It is usual for commuters to take the U-turn near the NEDFi House. However, the police instead of putting a rope or sign board or making the commuters aware of the proper rule, all of a sudden, decided to slap fine on the common man. They could have handled it in a more professional way.�
Chayengia said that he was never reluctant to pay the fine which he eventually did, but the way the ACP behaved could never be accepted, more so when the State government aspires to bring public servants close to the people.
Miffed at the attitude of the policeman, the senior journalist is contemplating moving the Police Accountability Commission.