Deepu Divakar clearly didn’t expect a parking violation ticket when he went to see off a relative at the Trivandrum railway station last Wednesday morning. So, he was surprised when he was slapped with one when there was no ‘No Parking’ board on sight. Also, he found that the CRPF bus hadn’t got an offensive parking sticker on it.
Deepu who parked at Power House road near the back entrance of the railway station questioned the police official on the rationality of the ticket. Deepu asked the sub-inspector, who was standing beside, what offence he had committed. When the sub-inspector said it was a no-parking area, Deepu pointed out that a no-parking board was not displayed there to which the inspector said that there’s no ‘Parking’ board on the street either. When he asked as to what action was being taken against the CRPF bus parked just behind his car, the policeman simply argued that the matter will be taken up with CRPF authorities and pasted an ‘offensive parking’ sticker on the bus.
“I had parked my vehicle from 9.20 to 9.45 am. And when I asked what offence I had committed, he said he was doing his duty as instructed by his superiors and he had been told to get any vehicles parked there removed. As crowd gathered and I refused to move my vehicle, they bought in a crane to tow away my car. The car was taken to a junction, while I was being penalised for obstructive parking. They also charged me INR 600 as towing charges whereas the towing damaged the bonnet of my car, ruined the condenser and the chassis, says Deepu.”