Youth beaten black and blue by ‘tensed’ traffic cop

By G Vinod

KUALA LUMPUR: Little did S Karthik suspect that an outing with his girlfriend would leave him black and blue after being allegedly beaten by a traffic cop, who was having a bad day.

The 20-year-old mechanic filed a report with the Setapak police station yesterday.

Speaking to FMT, Karthik said the 9.30pm incident occurred last Tuesday when he was travelling on his motorcycle with his girlfriend near Section 1, Wangsa Maju here.

“When I stopped at a traffic light, the traffic policeman came up to me and started beating me for no reason,” he said, adding that his assailant had also pounded him with a helmet.

Despite his shocked girlfriend’s repeated pleas, Karthik said the policeman whacked him on the legs and stomach, and punched his face several times.

A passer-by who claimed to be a police officer came to his aid and stopped the attack, not before Karthik sustained bruises on his face and body.

“Then, the traffic policeman himself took me to a nearby clinic and paid for my medical bill. He also apologised and admitted that it was foolish of him to have attacked me,” he said.

And when Karthik asked why he had assaulted him, the mechanic claimed that the policeman told him that he was feeling “tensed”.

The policeman had also warned the youth against filing a police report, but Karthik said that when he discussed the matter with his father, both of them agreed that it should be pursued.