Pune: Traffic Police Buy Private Bus Ticket For Student To reach Home For Diwali

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Pune, 18th October 2022: Rahul Dhende (26), a student preparing for competitive exams, and his friend were stopped by the Traffic Police at Alka Chowk in Deccan for riding a two-wheeler with no insurance and jumping the red light.


Rahul Dhende (26), an MSc (Economics) graduate from a Pune college, first pleaded with the cops to let him and his friend, who was riding the bike, go because he needed to catch a train to his hometown of Yavatmal. The cops told Dhende he had to pay a Rs 2,000 fine for violating traffic rules before they would let him go, despite his claim that he didn’t have any money and had somehow arranged Rs 1,500 for a train ticket to his hometown to celebrate Diwali. According to the young man, he even promised the cops that he would pay the fine later. After about 30 minutes, Dhende realised he would miss the train and protested by lying on the road. He was finally taken to a nearby police station, where the cops learned of his financial condition. They booked a private bus ticket of Rs 2,020 for him and sent him home.

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Dhende said, “My train was scheduled at 3.15 pm, and I was apprehended by the traffic police around 2.45 pm. They held me there for over half an hour despite telling them my train was scheduled and I should reach the railway station on time. I even showed them my train ticket, but they did not leave me and seized my licence. I tried to assure them I would pay the fine later, but they were not ready to listen.” “My family is already struggling to meet my expenses while I am preparing for competitive exams. Our situation is such that I did not even pay the rent or mess bills for the last two months. The bus fares are very high due to Diwali and I could not afford it. Hence, I booked a train ticket. I have been preparing for the competitive exams here in Pune for the last three years,” he added.


“The man jumped the signal and also had a pending fine of around Rs 2,000 on the bike. Since he was apprehended by the traffic personnel for some time and missed the train, he was nervous. No action was taken against him as he is a student and it may affect his future,” Assistant Police Inspector (traffic) Purushottam Devkar said.


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