Three men have been arrested in connection with the assault on cops in Tangra on Tuesday but none is an autorickshaw driver.
A gang comprising mostly auto drivers shoved and slammed with helmets eight cops, including an inspector and four sergeants, after one of them, Rakesh Choubey, slapped cases on several auto drivers for carrying more than four passengers.
The arrested trio — Mohammad Fakruddin alias Feku, 26, Surojit Patro, 18, and Babai Nath, 18 — have been charged with voluntarily causing hurt and using criminal force to deter cops from discharging their duty.
All three are residents of Bibibagan Lane in Tangra. Police said Fakruddin was once an auto driver but is now unemployed. The other two have never driven an auto.
“The trio had joined the others in the scuffle. We are looking for the rest of the accused,” said an officer.
A case under relatively stringent sections has been started against unknown persons for the assault.
Police commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha on Wednesday emphasised during a crime conference that the auto menace must be tackled with an iron hand so that the drivers could never harass passengers.
“The auto menace in the city has to be dealt with in a stringent way. Passengers, especially women, should not be harassed by auto drivers over any issue,” an officer quoted the top cop as saying.
Around 250 people had gathered on DC Dey Road when the police team was prosecuting errant drivers. The outnumbered cops were retreating when some in the mob launched the assault.
Officers of Entally police station, along with some from the local Beleghata traffic guard, re-launched their drive on Wednesday.
“We will spread awareness among both auto drivers and passengers. The drivers should value life and stop breaking rules while the passengers too should avoid boarding an auto which is already ferrying four passengers,” said an officer of Entally police station.
Sheikh Imran, 17, lost his left toe that was sticking out of the auto in which he was travelling as the fifth passenger in Beleghata on Sunday.