Video: Uttar Pradesh Police Fight On Road Over Share Of Bribe, Suspended
Policemen caught on camera fighting
A weird incident happened yesterday and was caught on camera. Four policemen posted at one of the busiest intersection in Lucknow were seen thrashing each other in full public view. And why were the policemen fighting each other? Bribe money. The video, captured by one of the onlookers, has been going viral all across the social media. The Eyewitness reportedly said that the fight broke out over a dispute of sharing bribe money collected from trucks and other vehicles passing through that area.
Two police are seen smashing and jostling each other, while other two cops were trying to intervene, but they are barely being able to do so. A fifth policeman is also seen to trying to separate the duo. The Eyewitness said the spot where they were fighting remains heavily congested by traffic comprising largely of trucks. That is why money is easily available at the spot. One of the policemen was extracting money from the drivers, while another came and wanted share which resulted in the fight.
Trucks and corruption
The trucking industry pays billions of rupees as bribes every year, the bribes from trucks amount huge, according to one study by Transparency international, it amounts to 3.3 Billion dollars (in 2005). Bribes from trucks itself have become a huge impediment to the industry, another estimate states that, if bribery is stopped, there would be a 40 % increase in movement of trucks and thereby in the movement of goods and trucks and the economy itself.
However, senior police officials have denied any reports of bribery.
The Logical Indian is appalled at this behavior by the police. This incident is symbolic of the corruption and bribery that exists. Bribery has become a norm which is hurting many new businesses to survive, new ideas to come out. We request the government to bring about a comprehensive law that can end the menace of bribery in India.