An adventure sportsperson who performs slacklining for walkers at the Marine Drive promenade found himself at a police station on Sunday evening. This was simply because he helped two bikers who had met with a minor accident and he back answered a police constable. He was blamed for 'distracting' motorists and charged with sections which were not even explained to him.
Samar Farooqui has been performing slacklining for four years. Around 6.15pm, when he saw two bikers meet with an accident on Maine Drive, he ran to help them. "While one biker sped off, I asked the other if he was alright. He said he was fine and he too went away. There was a police constable standing close by. He came after the bikers left and said the mishap occurred because of me," Farooqui said.
Farooqui was shocked as the constable did not even bother to note down the registration numbers of the two vehicles when the mishap took place. Farooqui was taken to the Marine Drive police station. He was told that he had flouted the norms by not taking police permission to perform at a public place. "I agree that I had not taken permission; but why hold me responsible for the mishap? The bikers were on the other side of the road. When I asked the policemen under what sections they would book me, they had no answer. It took them more than an hour to figure that out. Then they booked me under some section which I have no knowledge of. I was asked to pay a fine of Rs1,250," Farooqui added.
Farooqui was told to come to the court on Monday. He told the magistrate that he did not accept the charges slapped on him as he had not been explained anything about them by the police. "The magistrate asked me to give it in writing. The constable who had taken me to the police station gave me a copy of the documents submitted by the police in the court. There was no mention of the mishap or the constable in them. It just said that I have been booked because I was causing distraction by slacklining at a public place and that is why I have been booked," said Farooqui.
When contacted, Ravindra Shisve, deputy commissioner of police (Zone-1), said: "The charges mentioned in the documents are the ones that the man has been booked under. If there is any problem or complaint, he can approach the senior authorities."
Farooqui has been asked to appear in the court again on March 3.