Police have failed to arrest the auto drivers who assaulted and abused a retired police officer at Chetla on Sunday when he protested against their rash driving despite transport minister Madan Mitra asking them to do so by Monday.
“I spoke to Prabir Baran Sarkar (the victim) and assured him that the accused would be put behind bars. I instructed the police to arrest the culprits within Monday night but I have come to know that they failed to do it. I will ask them to inform me about the progress of the probe,” said Mitra.
The minister said he had asked members of the auto union that monitors Rashbehari-Chetla route, on which the accused were plying their autos, to identify them.
After being assaulted, Sarkar had dialled 100, the 24-hour Calcutta police helpline, thrice and failed to get through.
Jawed Shamim, joint commissioner (headquarters), said the calls could not be completed probably because of technical problems. “We are trying to identify and sort out the problem.”
Sarkar, who was travelling in a taxi with his wife Indrani, later lodged a complaint, in which he mentioned four digits of the registration number of the auto whose driver attacked him first.