A taxi driver allegedly tried to shoot the officer-in-charge of a traffic guard in Howrah with the cop’s pistol after he threatened to fine him for violating parking norms on Thursday morning.
Around 10am on Thursday, Jayanta Sinha, 40, the head of the GR Road traffic guard in Howrah, noticed a taxi parked illegally on GR Road. The driver was not inside. Sinha started shouting for the driver.
Driver Brijesh Tiwari, 30, was nearby and rushed to his cab when he heard the shouts. He started arguing with Sinha and also allegedly abused him.
“He told me he would not remove the taxi as there was no other place to park the car,” Sinha said. “I told him that I would not allow him to park the taxi there. When he continued to argue, I asked him to pay a fine.”
As Sinha turned his back on Tiwari to fetch a memo kept in his motorcycle, the cabby gave Sinha a violent push. The officer fell down on the road. “The next thing I knew, he was raining kicks and punches on me while abusing me,” said Sinha.
Seeing the officer under attack, Sinha’s juniors rushed to his rescue. “In the melee, Sinha’s pistol fell off the holster. Tiwari grabbed it and tried to shoot Sinha, but we overpowered the taxi driver before he could pull the trigger,” said a cop.
The cabby was handed over to Golabari police station. He was arrested and will be produced in court on Friday.
“The taxi driver was arrested for preventing a police officer from performing his duty and assaulting him,” said Rabindranath Mukherjee, the Howrah superintendent of police.
“I was lucky that my colleagues overpowered Tiwari and forcibly took away the revolver from him,” said Sinha, who suffered injuries to his right knee and chest. “I never imagined that a taxi driver would aim a gun at me.”