Shillong, Dec 29: One taxi driver on Wednesday night paid heavy price for trying to bring the traffic flow on NH – 44 to a standstill.
The arrested has been identified as Haphang Nengnong, a resident of Smit village and driver of local taxi bearing registration number ML-05J-0596.
He was arrested by police from Lad Smit for on charges of criminal intimidation and causing public nuisance.
Coincidently, when the smooth traffic flow on the national highway was disrupted, East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Jopthiaw Lyngdoh was personally present at the incident sight, as he was on his way to Shillong from Jowai.
When the traffic logjam did not clear for long, the DC decided to come out of his car and personally enquire about the reason of the sudden traffic jam. Lyngdoh soon reached the genesis of the problem, where the driver was involved in an altercation with a trucker.
When the DC tried to intervene into the matter, Nengnong paid no heed to Lyngdoh. Instead the driver belligerently said he did not care about any law in the area.
“He told me that he did not recognize any DC or SP as only local laws prevailed in the area,” Lyngdoh said.
The situation did not improve even when DC’s personal security officer intervened.
Subsequently, Superintend of Police (SP) was informed about the incident and team of police personnel from Madanrting police station was sent to diffuse the situation leading to the arrest of the driver.
The apprehended has been booked under sections 506 and 186 of the IPC and is presently in three days custody of Madanrting police.
It is learnt that the cabbie had got into an altercation with the trucker following a minor accident wherein his vehicle’s bumper was damaged.