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Taxi protest at police station

Taxi drivers staged a demonstration in front of Phoolbagan police station on Friday after a cabbie was booked for parking violation.

A traffic sergeant noticed a taxi parked on Phoolbagan Road, a no-parking zone, around 11am on Friday. Purbananda Yadav, the taxi driver, had stopped for tea at a roadside stall.

“The sergeant asked the taxi driver to produce the car’s papers,” an officer of Phoolbagan police station said.

Yadav handed over a plastic bag with the papers and was asked to follow the cop to the police station. The sergeant was already on his way when Yadav remembered he had kept Rs 10,000 in the packet. He caught up with the cop and asked for his papers.

The sergeant returned the money and driving licence but retained the rest of the papers and asked the cabbie to come to the police station.

“The officer should have issued a compound slip on the spot and seized the vehicle’s documents,” said Pramod Jha, leader of the Citu-affiliated West Bengal Taxi Union.

Yadav was booked under Section 207 of the Indian Penal Code that deals with fraudulent claim to property to prevent its seizure and allegedly put in the lock-up. He was released on bail.