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Driver held for cop assault

A man was arrested late on Saturday for allegedly abusing and beating up a traffic sergeant who had stopped him for jumping signal at Patuli on Saturday night.

Ranabir Das, 30, was on duty on the Patuli connector that links the Bypass with Raja Subodh Chandra Mullick Road around 9.30pm.

“The officer saw an Innova headed towards the No. 45 bus terminus jump signal. The car could not move far ahead as it got caught in a snarl,” said an officer of Garia Traffic Guard.

Das moved towards the car and asked the driver, Sunil Singh Chouhan, to stop. Chouhan allegedly started abusing the sergeant.

The police said Chouhan started by hurling invectives at the sergeant, attached to the Garia Traffic Guard.

“He told the officer that police stop vehicles unnecessarily and harass people. When the sergeant asked him to show his licence, the driver became even more aggressive,” said an officer.

There was another man in the car but he reportedly did not join Chouhan in abusing Das.

“At one point Chouhan pushed the sergeant. When the sergeant resisted, the driver punched him on his face,” the officer said.

“Das immediately alerted the traffic guard over his wireless set and narrated what had happened. The traffic guard got in touch with Patuli police station.”

A police team soon arrived at the spot, close to Patuli connector’s intersection with Raja SC Mullick Road. Chouhan was taken to the police station, where he was arrested.

The police later said Chouhan, a resident of Sree Colony near Jadavpur, was a driver by professional. “He was driving someone else’s vehicle,” said an officer.

Das was taken to a local hospital, from where he was discharged after treatment.

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