Visakhapatnam: A political storm has erupted in Andhra Pradesh after a video of a hospital worker arguing with the police for issuing an e-challan to her friend went viral.
The video also showed women cops evicting the hospital worker from the scene after she allegedly hurled abuses at the on-duty cops.
Reports said Three Town police intercepted 26-year-old salesman A Raj Kumar and asked him to show documents since he was riding on a bike during the curfew period. When he failed to show relevant papers, the police issued an e-challan and let him go.
He however returned with his friend Lakshmi Aparna, who works as a typist in a corporate hospital. She challenged the police for issuing the challan when permission was allegedly sought to pick and drop her from the hospital and home.
Video clips showed her arguing with the police demanding the return of her mobile phone. She was also seen raising her voice and abusing the police personnel on duty.
Some clips showed women police personnel using force to evict and taking her to the police station.
Defending the police action, the ACP East Harshita told reporters that an e-challan was issued to Raj Kumar under section 179 of the MV Act. He was let off after issuing the challan.
Police later registered a case under section 332, 353, 188, 269, 270 r/w 34 IPC and Sec 51(b) Disaster Management Act against Lakshmi Aparna and her friend Raj Kumar for obstruction of duties of the public servant and disobedience of disaster management act.
"No force was used," the ACP said.
Reacting to the incident, former minister and TD national general secretary Nara Lokesh tweeted that the Pulivendula type of policing was witnessed in Visakhapatnam when a frontline female health worker was harassed by police while she was returning home from her work.