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Three men arrested for objecting to stopping traffic for CM

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Bengaluru: Three men landed in the police lock-up on Friday morning after they objected to traffic being stopped to provide a signal-free drive for chief minister Siddaramaiah’s convoy.

The incident took place at the MG Road-Brigade Road junction in the central business district around 10am, an hour when most Bengalureans travel to workplaces.

Eye-witnessed said that the three were taken into custody for picking up an argument with policemen. However, Commercial Street police said they attacked cops on duty.

The three men -Anand, a Canara Bank employee; Saravan, a courier delivery boy; and Elvino, a Master of Social Work student in a city college – were arrested under Section 353 of the IPC for assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty. They were produced before a magistrate, who remanded them to jail for two weeks.

Police officers said that the traffic on all four roads leading to the intersection had been stopped to allow free passage for the CM’s convoy towards HAL airport from Anil Kumble Circle.

As the traffic for halted for a long time, people got impatient and some of them decided to move ahead despite the holdup. As Anand, one of the three inched ahead, Krishnaswamy, a traffic policeman attached to the Shivajinagar police station, stopped him. Anand is alleged to have tried to cut loose, but when he was stopped again, he got into an argument.

As tempers flared, Saravan and Elvino rushed to Anand’s support. Police claimed that the argument turned violent and the policeman was manhandled.

As the situation threatened to get out of control, traffic policemen apprehended the trio and took them to the Commercial Street station, where they were charged with assault.

The convoy passed by within 10 minutes of the incident. Siddaramaiah was going to the HAL airport to fly to Mysuru, where he presided over the closing ceremony of film festival, Biffes.

A senior police officer, explaining the hassles involved in providing security for the chief minister said that the movement of the VVIP convoy is an elaborate process.

Officers and men of all traffic police station limits through which a convoy passes by have to deployed.The personnel will have to coordinate their movements to ensure the vehicles pass by without any hassle and commuters are given minimum trouble.

“Any person jumping the signal will be considered a security violation. The reason why clear passage is provided to the CM is because his car getting stuck in traffic could make him a sitting duck if there is an attack. This is a security protocol,” the officer said while speaking to media sources.


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