No wonder why Police is unpopular ………
Posted on January 10th, 2017
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
We see every day people getting beaten up or showered by Police. I am not surprised .I wrote an opinion about Police Inaction at Zebra Crossings leading to possible accidents. Corrupt policemen are all over the town ,who are friendly with Three Wheeler drivers and Private Bus drivers who keep violating every rule and no action taken by the Police .
Today I was being driven to a doctor around 7.15 am along Deans Road towards Maradana . Next to health department, along the side of the roadside of the Hayleys, at the Yellow Zebra Crossing ,two impeccably uniformed with sunglasses traffic cops standing by the side of the road who were watching motor vehicles ,three wheelers and buses passing by .Three wheeler chaps were passing the crossing without stopping ,despite the fact that pedestrians were waiting to cross ,grossly violating the traffic rules..My driver stopped for a woman and child to cross , and before proceeding looked at another pedestrian to enter the crossing . Driver waited ,but the man waiting to cross waived to the driver indicating that we can go and he will not cross .
Within 30 meters a young policeman sopped the car and claimed that we did not wait for the man to cross .Drive explained that he wanted us to move ahead which the policeman saw. Policeman was insisting that we should not have moved until the man crosses ,Driver explained that we waited but the man wanted us to move as he seems like not crossing !
So I interfered and explained that policeman was wrong but he became agitated,I told him that he can charge us in courts and I will personally come to courts and explain .Then the Traffic Sargent who looks like more matured came and asked us to go .Then this policeman no 78786 was telling me that “You are too loud “ “Oyage kata wadei” ! with an obnoxious look .
On the way to office I called IGP’s number 0112444480 and explained how rude and how wrong the policeman was and the policeman at the other end said “ the cop may be an idiotic Buffalo “ and promised to call the traffic OIC of Maradana and inquire .
This is just one incident to elaborate how rude and unfriendly the police is and IGP may have to do something in addition to telling “sir” to a big shot over the mobile and promised not to arrest a “Nilame”
Dr Sarath Obeysekera