A traffic cop from J&K was suspended after a video of him taking bribe went viral
New Delhi: A traffic policeman from Jammu & Kashmir has been suspended after a video of him taking a bribe made it to social media. The minute-long video was posted by multiple news platforms in Kashmir on Thursday. In the video, the cop hints the driver to pay a bribe in order to avoid paying a fine for wearing a Pheran, a traditional Kashmiri cloak, while driving. The driver can be heard questioning the cop as he claims to have all the proper documents.
"Who told you to wear a pheran? I will photograph it and send it to the judge along with the challan. I will tell him (judge) that he (driver) is driving an LP (long platform) truck wearing a pheran. Is it justified?" the officer is heard warning the driver. There is no official rule against truck drivers wearing the pheran while driving in the state.
The officer then tells the driver that wearing the pheran while driving is not permitted and then hints at the bribe. "We have friendship with you (drivers). Why should we fine you?", he says.
The police officer then lets the driver go after he hands him a currency note.
You can see the video of the policeman here
The exact location of the video is not known. SSP Traffic Rural Aijaz Ahmad said the erring cop has been identified and placed under suspension. A probe has been ordered into the allegations against the officer.
A similar incident happened in Hyderabad where a traffic cop was sacked after a man posted a video of him taking a bribe on the traffic police's Facebook page.