The probe comes after a motorist took to social media, for the second time since September, to complain that those refusing to pay higher parking fees were seeing their car keys being snatched. The complainant also cited an incident that took place Thursday late evening. The complainant could not be reached for his comments. Senior officers at Lalbazar stated they have asked the concerned traffic guard for a detailed probe report.
In his fresh complaint registered through Twitter, the victim — identified as Pratik U Shah — alleged that the incident took place in front of civic volunteers. “The parking attendant near Vardaan Market, specially the one on Camac Street, asks for fees that is more than the rates fixed by KMC. He even snatches the car key if the amount is not paid. Parking dadagiri happens in front of police personnel (civic police),” alleged Shah. The Kolkata traffic police wrote back that action has been initiated. “Thanks for the input. The same has been shared with the concerned traffic guard for necessary action,” replied an officer on behalf of the traffic department. Shah had last September also lodged a complaint claiming when he was trying to return home between 10.15 -10.25 pm, he was harassed at the same spot.
The south traffic guard, which has begun investigating the complaint, stated that they were seeking clarity on some points. “We do not have any civic volunteers posted at Vardaan Market. We have six sergeants in that sector who are posted there all the time. The victim should have lodged a complaint with any one of them if he did not wish to visit the police station. We have, nevertheless, spoken to each parking agent to ascertain what exactly took place and we will continue to speak to a few other regular users of that parking lot. CCTV footage will be analyzed. We will submit a detailed report to Lalbazar, if needed,” said an officer.
Lalbazar officials stated that there has been a recent crackdown on illegal parking in the area. “Some of these problems might have arisen from those spots. We are checking all inputs,” said a senior officer monitoring the probe.