Mumbai Car-towing Controversy

Mumbai car towing incident: Devendra Fadnavis says cop has been suspended, issues warning to traffic police

"When I saw the video last night, my first reaction was that the police personnel should be suspended and action should be taken against him".

Rakhi Mali, the woman who was inside the vehicle, told the newspaper: "My husband requested the traffic cop to take the fine amount and release our auto". By Saturday, it was being forwarded on WhatsApp, and senior Traffic Police officers issued instructions to initiate an inquiry into the matter.

The woman, who has been identified as Rakhi Mali, had gone to Malad with her husband and her seven-month-old child when the traffic police arrived and a towing vehicle started to haul away the auto. Rane was also not wearing his name tag on his uniform, which is a violation of the police guidelines of the state of Maharashtra. He had also asked the police department to sensitize traffic cops to avoid such incidents.

Taking note of the incident, Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar ordered an urgent investigation by the Deputy Commissioner of Police.

"I want to clarify that we were not in the vehicle initially". The couple parked their vehicle on the SV Road.

The crying mother, who is seemingly breastfeeding the infant while the video is being shot, alleges that there were two other vehicles parked in the wrong space but the cops chose to tow only their vehicle away. He dialled the control room and two beat marshalls arrived, following which a large crowd gathered. The couple was fined and sent away by the police. "I told him that my husband, Jairaj, was suffering from high fever and we had gone for medical tests", she added.

The traffic cops reportedly drove the vehicle along with the mother and her infant up to the Malad police station while the husband followed them on a friend's motorcycle.

She claimed she even informed them that she was breastfeeding her child, but they did not stop.

The missive was sent even as another video capturing the incident of the vehicle being towed surfaced on Sunday, turning the whole argument over the controversy on its head. In the second video, Jairaj is seen standing with the kid, while Jyoti is in the vehicle.

Video 3 - A new video, depicting scenes before the vehicle was actually towed, starts circulating on Sunday evening.

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