Bengaluru: In a shocking incident, a man assaulted a traffic police constable with a baseball bat when he was stopped for driving while talking over the phone and also not wearing the seatbelt. The incident occurred in full public view on Sarjapur Ring Road on Thursday morning, but came to light on Saturday when a video of the assault went viral.
Around 10.30 am on Thursday, HSR Layout traffic police constable Bheemashankar was manning the traffic when he saw the accused, identified as Dileep - a furniture shop owner, driving while talking over the phone.
When Bheemashankar stopped the car, he found that Dileep was also not wearing the seatbelt. When the cop questioned Dileep, who had his wife and a child in the car, he got angry and hurled abuses at the constable. He then stepped out of the car, took out a baseball bat from the boot of the car and allegedly started assaulting the cop.
A few passerby, who also video recorded the incident, requested Dileep to stop as the cop was only discharging his duty. Soon, the crowd started gathering and Dileep fled from the spot in his car.
Bheemashankar filed a complaint at the Bellandur police station. The police traced Dileep with the help of his car's registration number and arrested him. He was booked under IPC Sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 333 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 353 (assault or use of criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty).