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    Fed up of the police system, a woman constable in Gujarat’s Surat resigned after she stopped a state minister’s son and his friends when she found them breaking night curfew rules and not wearing masks at her check point and they threatened her when questioned.

    An audio clip of their heated exchange went viral on social media in which Gujarat Health Minister Kumar Kanani’s son Prakash where he is arguing with the woman cop Sunita Yadav and bragging about his power. Following which, Sunita Yadav called her superior, who tried to sweep the matter under the rug and asked her to leave the spot. This apparently frustrated the woman constable and she resigned.

    The incident allegedly took place around 10.30 at Mangadh Chowk in Surat on Wednesday night, said Assistant Commissioner of Police (Special Branch) PL Chaudhary.

    “The audio clip came to the notice of Surat Police Commissioner (R B Brahmbhatt). He has asked ACP (A-Division) CK Patel to conduct inquiry. Action will be taken based on the inquiry report,” Chaudhary said.

    In the audio clip, the men who confronted the constable are heard saying that they had the power to “make you stand at the same place for 365 days”. The constable shouts back that she is not their slave or a servant of their fathers that they can make her stand there for 365 days.

    She is then heard calling up her superior officer to inform that when she stopped five persons who were roaming around in a car without wearing masks after 10 pm when curfew is in force in view of coronavirus, they called Prakash, the son of MLA Kanani. When Prakash arrived on the spot, they threatened and abused her, she is heard saying. Since it was a matter concerning a Gujrat government minister, when Sunita Yadav called up the inspector at Varachha police station where she was posted, he allegedly ordered her to leave the point.

    An inquiry has been ordered into the incident, a senior Surat city police official said on Saturday. Meanwhile, Varachha Road MLA Kumar Kanani claimed that his son was on his way to the civil hospital as his father-in-law, undergoing treatment for coronavirus, was critical when he was stopped by the constable.

    “He requested her to let him go. She argued why the vehicle had ‘MLA’ written on it. He said it was his father’s vehicle. She asked why he was in my vehicle. I believe she should have tried to understand what my son was saying. I believe both the sides should have tried to understand each other better,” the minister said.

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