Issued blank challan, Chandigarh man faces 6-hour ordeal | Chandigarh News

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CHANDIGARH: A Panchkula resident who was issued a challan for driving without licence on Thursday night faced grueling six hours in getting his seized vehicle registration certificate (RC) back from the cops on Friday. Reason: The cops had “accidentally” issued him a blank ticket.
On Thursday night, Sidharth Munshi, who is a TV casting director based out of Mumbai, said he was challaned for driving without license by traffic cops at the backside of Sukhna Lake. He had come home after seven months and had gone to the lake with his friend. He said the policemen seized his RC and gave him a challan slip.
The next day when he saw the slip, he found it was blank. There was no signature of the challaning officer, mention of the offence, place of challan etc on the challan ticket.
Sidharth then went to Traffic Line, Sector 29, but there he was told to go to Sector 26 police station. However, the cops there told him that no one from the station had issued the said challan and was asked to inquire with the Sector 3 police station. Facing disappointment yet again, Sidharth was turned away by Sector 3 cops too who said the same thing about not issuing the ticket to him.
Left helpless, Sidharth again went to the Sector 29 traffic line and requesting the cops to look into the matter. The cops then checked the serial number of the blank slip and it turned out to be from the challan book issued to Sector 26 police station.
Sidharth told TOI that after a tiresome day, he went home and soon received a call from a cop. He introduced himself as Sukhdev Singh and told Sidharth to come to Traffic Line.
Once he reached there, Sukhdev told him that he had issued a blank slip by accident. Sidharth then submitted a photocopy of his driver’s license and paid a fine of Rs 300. Finally, he was given the RC released at around 6.30pm.
Sidharth said due to the cop’s carelessness, he had to run from pillar to post for over six hours. He alleged that instead of feeling sorry for his mistake, he was being bullied for approaching the media by the cop who issued him the blank challan slip.
Callous cops
In another incident where motorists termed traffic cops as insensitive, three youths who were stopped for triple riding were made to stand on the roadside for more than four hours needlessly. On February 9, 2019, a traffic cop had challaned an e-biker for various offences including tripling, riding without helmet, license and vehicle documents, at the grain market roundabout. The vehicle owner, Tota Ram of Sector 7, said his son had gone to meet his two friends. He said his son’s friend Jagjeet was riding the e-bike while his son and the other friend were riding pillion and as they reached near the grain market roundabout, the traffic cops stopped them around 4.30pm. However, they were made to stand on the roadside till 9pm. They were also issued a challan under the Motor Vehicles Act, even though the rules are not meant for e-bikes. Later, on realizing their mistake, the cops cancelled the challan and released the e-bike.

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