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By Our Staff Reporter
VIJAYAWADA, MAY 24. A head constable and a constable attached to the Two Town Traffic Police Station were on Monday placed under suspension on charges of demanding bribe and misconduct.
They were suspended after a preliminary investigation established prima facie evidence against the duo, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, P.J. Victor, said.
According to Mr. Victor, Pokkali Balaji, a resident of Hyderabad had parked his car at a "no parking'' zone on Prakasam Road. When, Mr. Balaji came to pick up his car, the head constable, Mahaboob Sharief, asked him to produce the vehicle's documents.
After the owner did so, instead of giving a notice for collecting the compounding fee, Sharief ordered the constable G. Ramaiah to take Mr. Balaji and the vehicle to the police station.
En route the police station, Ramaiah asked the victim to pay Rs. 500 towards compounding fees and another Rs. 200 as bribe.
As per the Motor Vehicles Act the maximum compounding fee for parking a vehicle on a "no parking" zone is Rs. 200. Mr. Balaji then drove to the City Police Commissioner, A.B. Venkateswara Rao's office and lodged a complaint.
The ACP Traffic, Mr. Bashir, who inquired into the matter felt that the head constable was not empowered to tow the car and their demand for bribe amounted to grave misconduct and moral turpitude, Mr. Victor said.
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