A traffic constable in Thane showed exemplary courage in the line of duty when she stood up against a traffic violator, who turned abusive.
Seema Kale, posted at a special branch under the Thane commissionerate, has been awarded a cash prize of ₹10,000 by the Thane traffic department for her holding her ground under adversity.
According to a report in the Mid-Day, Kale was on duty at the Nitin Company chowk signal on 25 February 2016, when a Scorpio passed her by on its way towards Cadbury. She found the driver speaking on his mobile phone, so she stopped the car and asked to see his licence. According to a circular from the traffic department, he was also jumping signals.
The driver of the car lost his temper and starting abusing and hitting her. She stood her ground, hit back and took action against him as per the Motor Vehicles Act. The entire incident was captured on CCTV. A report in the Asian Age pointed out that the driver, Shashikant Kalgude, is a Shiv Sena party worker. Impressed by her fearless retaliation, the traffic department decided to reward her.
The Thane traffic DCP, Sandip Palve, has started an initiative to award traffic cops who show extraordinary courage in dealing with traffic violators. "We have awarded constable Seema for her bravery so everyone gets motivated to take up cases and not step back to avoid such situations," he said.
"The incident was quite sudden. I hadn't anticipated the extent to which it would get dragged. But I am happy that I responded to it in the right way; something like this should not happen with any policewoman, and if it does, they should be able to give it back without any fear," said Kale.
With more cops like her around, the goons on the roads can learn some traffic lessons and the number of road accidents in India may also come down.
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