Coimbatore: The rural police have initiated action against three cops for forcibly taking away a yoga mat made of banana fibre worth Rs 1,500 from a tailor at Mangarai police check post on Monday evening.
A police officer said the incident occurred at 4pm on Monday when the tailor from Thadagam was transporting a dozen yoga mats on his two-wheeler to Anaikatti after stitching work. “He was stopped at Mangarai police check post by cops Manikandan, 28, and Karthikeyan, 29, who were attached to the IVth battalion of the Tamil Nadu Special Police. Manikandan asked the tailor to show the bills for the mats. When the tailor failed to produce the same, the cop asked him to open the mats and took away one of them, before letting him go.”
The officer said head constable Muthusamy, who was attached to Thudiyalur police station, was incharge of the check post on the day and he was sitting in the booth as a mute spectator when the incident took place.
Pointing out that the yoga mats were made by tribal women of Anaikatti at a unit run by scientist turned social activist R Soundararajan, the officer said the unit owner had taken up the issue with superintendent of police S Selvanagarathinam, who directed deputy superintendent of police Rajapandian (Periyanaickenpalayam sub-division) to take necessary action.
Meanwhile, the Thadagam police checked the CCTV footage at the check post and confirmed the incident. Subsequently, Muthusamy was transferred to the rural armed reserve police the same night, while Manikandan and Karthikeyan were sent back to the headquarters at Kovaipudur.
Preliminary inquiry also revealed that one of the cops attached to the IVth battalion had taken bribe from a motorist through e-wallet. “DSP Rajapandian has sent a detailed report to the SP and the same will be forwarded to the Tamil Nadu Special Police officials for further action,” the officer said.
He said Thadagam police sub-inspector Arumuga Nayinar had visited Soundararajan at his residence and returned the mat on Monday night itself. “The activist has appreciated police officials for their swift action.” The officer said they have decided not to post police personnel at the Mangarai check post for more than 15 days at a stretch to curb similar incidents.