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Traffic warden assaults documentary filmmaker

Vijay Singh in Mumbai | January 25, 2005 14:07 IST
Last Updated: January 26, 2005 16:22 IST

A traffic warden in Mumbai has been arrested for allegedly assaulting documentary filmmaker and winner of the Green Oscar award, Nikhil Niranjan Alva.

Nikhil is the son of Margaret Alva, Congress party in-charge for Maharashtra.

According to Nikhil's statement recorded at the Andheri police station, he was travelling on the Western Express Highway on Sunday when he saw warden Lavkush Duby beating up a taxi driver.

The taxi driver had jumped a traffic signal.

Nikhil started recording the altercation with his camera phone, the statement says.

When Duby saw Nikhil recording his activities, he went to him and assaulted him.

An assistant inspector, a head constable and a constable were present nearby but they did not interfere.

By then state Medical Education and Higher and Technical Education Minister Suresh Shetty had been informed about the incident and he reached the spot.

A case was later registered against Duby under section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code, section 341 (wrongful restraint), and section 506 (criminal intimidation) and the warden was arrested.

Sources close to Alva on Wednesday denied that he uses a camera phone.

"It is a high profile case. Top officers have requested that the assistant inspector, head constable and the constable be suspended for not taking any action against the warden," a police source said.

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Number of User Comments: 6

Sub: How Uniform can Turn any one into A HITLER

What is meant by Warden? Is this a kind of Quasi Police job, below the grade of a Police cop? Looks as though this is ...

Posted by C.N. Shankar

Sub: n n alva

yes , i appreciate mr alva that he dared to record the highhandedness of the police. moresoever he brought the facts on record when he ...

Posted by shashi pai

Sub: endless police brutality

suspensions transfers are no deterrent punishment. dismissal, 100% pension cut, a minimum of 10 years in jail and things like that are.

Posted by swarna

Sub: Why Minister?

Why should the minister have to be summoned to get the case registered? And doesn't the minister have nothing else to do but to come ...

Posted by suren

Sub: Warden assaults Alva's son

Sir, This is a tragedy and this happens regularly across India especially committed by govt employees. Imagine an ordinary mortal facing the same situation. He ...

Posted by rajamoses


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