Chennai Traffic Police — Bribery
Chennai Traffic Police just stops 2-wheelers randomly and despite maintaining a perfectly well-conditioned 2-wheeler, they create a fake 'emissions' test. They distract you and before you can see what is happening they tell you that your 'test' is 'rejected' which is supposed to mean that it failed the test. Aren't they supposed to give you the measurements? How can a 'test' fail without measurements? They threaten to confiscate the bike and tell you that unless you pay a fine of Rs.1100, they cannot let you go. When I asked them that they had no right to confiscate the bike they told me that unless I paid Rs.500 as bribe, they will not let me go. This happened at the Adyar junction near the Aavin Park roundabout where a police van with so-called testing equipment is parked. The date was 31-January 2009. Being a salaried person, this is too much to pay and I feel helpless against such corruption. But I had no choice and when 3 policemen threaten you, there is nothing one can do. I am ashamed to live in Chennai. The Chennai Traffic Police has to be the most corrupt in the world.
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