Amitabh Bachchan once said, "I would rather be an aware citizen, and if an opportunity were to arise where I would have to make a statement, I would happily do that."
Do you know why the government keeps on articulating more and more about spreading awareness regarding people towards their rights? Well, it is to save the residents from frauds. And the incident I am here to share will surely make you realise the importance of being an aware citizen of India.
This incidence happened on 29 January in Aurangabad, when a man named Nirmaan Dutta was travelling from Bhilai in Chhattisgarh to Mumbai by his car (CG 07 M 6657).
"After checking the documents, I was asked to pay ₹700 as fine even though everything was proper. I was falsely accused of driving without wearing a seatbelt. I protested and asked for the resolution of the issue to which Mr. V. B. Salve along with Mr. K. K. Hiwale said, "redressal will happen in court on 7th Feb, and till then your Vehicle RC and Licence will be seized, only to be released after court's order."
"But I refused to pay directly to them and demanded a legitimate payment receipt which infuriated them. Now they started threatening me to seize my car too when their harassment crossed the threshold, I started recording the matter through my phone. Afraid of getting exposed they threw my phone, not allowing me to record and assaulted me to retrieve the phone to delete the already recorded video, they tore my t-shirt and the challan copy."
"I managed to escape due to the public gathering and was told to take the challan and go to their concerned office to pay the fine in order to take back my seized documents. It took me 2:30 hours to find that office with an unknown location in a totally unknown city. When I explained the whole incidence to their superior with video evidence, he started accusing me to tear up the challan(govt. document) on purpose. He also refused to pay the fine and threatened to initiate legal action against me until I pleaded my innocence and finally paid the fine after an hour of intense drama and with a stern warning of not escalating the issue further."
"Yes, ₹200 was the actual fine that too I had to pay for a false accusation, I guess driving an outside Maharashtra vehicle made them consider me as a soft target."
"Being highly educated and aware citizen if such thing can happen to me, I can imagine worse being faced my less fortunate fellow citizens of India and worst of worst is that, it all goes unreported."
More strength to such citizens who are aware of the rules and regulations and are willing to fight for what is wrong.
Source: Nirmaan Dutta
That's all, readers. I hope this encourages you to become more aware of what is your rights, aware of the laws and how much they need to be followed.
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