Driver assault case: Drivers’ bodies call for strike

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 16 | Publish Date: 1/16/2020 11:26:14 AM IST

Drivers’ union in Manipur’s Senapati district on Thursday declared imposition of economic blockade on Imphal-Mao section of NH-2 from Friday.

The blockade call was given to press the state government to terminate a police officer for mishandling of a truck driver on the highway on January 14.

Senapati District Truck Drivers’ Union, Senapati District Truck Owner’s Association and Senapati District Drivers’ Welfare Union have announced imposition of the economic blockade at a press conference held at Kangpokpi Bazar, a report received here said.

Confirming the imposition of the blockade, a police source said that state tribal affairs minister N Kayisii is scheduled to meet with striking drivers’ bodies on Friday.

While giving the indefinite economic blockade on NH-2 beginning from the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, the drivers’ bodies threatened that if no positive response came up from the government side within 48-hour, they will intensify with total blockade on the same highway.

In the early morning of January 14 last, a masked police personnel, who was later identified as ASI Hitler Singh assaulted a driver who is happened to be a member of the Senapati District Truck Drivers’ Union.

In a video that went viral, the police personnel was seen kicking the truck driver Dale Alexander of Koide village of Senapati district several times and pointing what appears to be a gun at him, in the middle of the road.

In a swift action on the part of the state police department, SP of Kangpokpi district placed the ASI under suspension from his service to initiate a departmental enquiry.

The ASI resorted to violence as the driver allegedly didn’t stop when he was asked to, sources said.

However, strongly condemning the brutal attack on a driver, drivers’ bodies have been pressing the authority of the state government to terminate the officer from his service.

The drivers’ bodies alleged that the assault using brute force was done with intention to cause serious harm and even ‘murder’ adding that the ‘barbaric action of the police personnel has caused physical injury to the driver’

The incident has traumatised the victim, said the bodies adding that the incident has also sent a negative image of the police and created fear psychosis among the public.

The unacceptable action by ASI Hitler is an example of extreme police violence which may have even led to killing the victim, the bodies had said adding that his service should be terminated immediately without any condition.

They alleged that the ASI was not fit to perform his duties as police and must be terminated immediately without any condition.

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