NEW DELHI: A 27-year-old England-based commercial pilot was sent to judicial custody after he allegedly assaulted a traffic police constable near Tivoli Gardens. The accused, identified as Siddharth Kasana -working with a private airlines - was arrested late on Friday night at his Tivoli farmhouse for criminal charges of obstructing a public servant, assault and voluntarily causing hurt to a public servant on duty. He was produced in court on Saturday following which he was sent to judicial custody.
Kasana had parked his Toyota Landcruiser on a narrow lane, parallel to Chhattarpur Road, when he went to buy cigarettes around 11pm. The car was blocking the path of other vehicles which compounded the congestion on the stretch, said cops.
"We had deployed two platoons from CP's reserve force to assist traffic cops in extensive arrangements for Friday as heavy rush due was expected due to a large number of marriages. The constable was beaten up while on duty. A criminal case has been registered," said joint commissioner of police (traffic) Satyendra Garg.
The constable, Dinesh, had asked Kasana to remove his vehicle. Taking offense, Kasana verbally abused the constable and even broke a soda bottle to assault the constable, said cops. "Soon, a police force rushed to the spot but the accused managed to flee. Chase and challan cops followed him to his residence in Tivoli from where he was arrested," said a senior police officer.
Kasana has to furnish a bail bond of Rs 20,000 for his release. He lives in a DLF farmhouse in Chhattarpur, said cops.
On the same night, a Malaysian diplomat's Ford Endeavour car was issued a challan for improper parking. The diplomat's Indian driver had reportedly parked the car improperly outside Tivoli farm and had not moved the vehicle even after being asked to. Around 9.35pm, the car was towed away to traffic lines and a challan of improper parking was issued. "He was found without a driver's license and a court challan was issued for both the offences," said a senior traffic police officer.