In a shocking incident, Mumbai traffic cops towed away a private car with a sick woman sitting in the rear seat and breastfeeding her seven-month-old baby still inside.
The incident occurred on Friday evening in Malad (West), north-western suburb, reported IANS.
The video of the incident was posted on social media making it viral since then. In the video, a man is heard frantically calling a senior police officer asking him to intervene but to no avail.
Taking a serious view of the incident, Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar ordered an urgent investigation by the Deputy Commissioner of Police – West (DCP-West).
Kumar said in a statement, “He (DCP-West) has been ordered to visit and conduct an inquiry into the incident immediately. The case will be handled appropriately and sternly after the report is received tomorrow (Sunday).”
The mother, seen in the car, is believed to in her 20s. Her identity is still not known. She was sitting in her white car with her seven-month-old child when a towing van suddenly picked up and started towing it away.
She reportedly made a desperate plea to the cops asking them to stop the towing with the towing officer. The towing officer, who’s believed to be named Shashank Rane, himself was not wearing his name badge while on duty, which itself amounts to violation under the rules of the Maharashtra Police.
The woman flashed what was a medical prescription from the window and told the videographer that she was sick and was breastfeeding her hungry child, which was visible as the car was towed away mercilessly.
Despite pleas by the citizen to the traffic cop to stop towing as something untoward could happen to both woman and child, he appeared unconcerned and continued speaking on his mobile phone.
The woman also claimed that two other vehicles parked there were not picked, but her car was chosen for towing without listening to her desperate pleas.
Following protests and adverse publicity in the social media, the Traffic Police Department on Saturday ordered a probe into the shocking incident.