IT’S your job to uphold the law and yet you’ve been caught flouting it. How are you going to argue your way out of that?
This police officer didn’t try, instead opting to let his right hand do the talking.
Footage of the Indian policeman slapping the rider who confronted him for using his own phone has gone viral and led to the officer’s suspension.
Sumit Kumar Tiwari, 29, was on his way home from work in Chandigarh, northern India, at around 4.30pm on Friday when he saw the officer, named as Surinder Singh, riding with his helmet perched on top of his head and phone to his ear.
Tiwari told the Indian Express: “When I went to tell him that it is wrong, the policeman slapped me. I ran away fearing that he would implicate me in a false case.”
He added: "When I narrated my experience to my friends, they advised me to upload the clip on social networking sites, including that of Chandigarh traffic police. I did and soon, a traffic police team came and recorded my statement. Minutes later, I learnt that the policeman was suspended and challaned (fined) for his offence."
Chandigarh traffic Senior Superintendent Shashank Anand said: "The driving licence has been seized and we have written to the transport authority that his licence be suspended for three months. He has been placed under suspension."