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Accused of drunken driving, man pleads not guilty: “I was just avoiding potholes”


Amar has been rotting away in jail for the past 36 months. While our so-called fast-track courts have been successfully solving hundreds of cases, he’s been crying hoarse pleading not guilty for his alleged crime for 3 years.

His terrible offence: Drunken driving. His unbelievable defence: He was just avoiding potholes on the road.

To investigate his curious case, NTMN sent its brave reporters to the intimidating Tilak Nagar Police Station to speak to the officer who arrested him. “We were standing by at our usual spot when we saw this car going zip zap through this road even though it was moving quite slowly. First of all, no one in their right mind would drive on this road. That’s why we chose this road for our duty! But the fact of the matter is, this insane decision gave us enough evidence that he was in an inebriated state… so much so that when we stopped him, he himself agreed to the breath analyzer test.”

potholes1According to the police, Amar was the first person ever to willingly agree to the breath analyzer test. He even showed initiative by grabbing the device and putting it into his mouth. That was enough for the police. “People had to have no sense at all to agree to this test and it confirmed our suspicion that he was drunk. We nabbed him on the spot and took him to the station, avoiding potholes to the best of our abilities.”

potholesAmar appealed and appealed and appealed but every time his trial was shifted to another date because the judge and the jury could not make up their minds. It was later found that many from the jury as well as the judge lived in the posh areas of Delhi and were dropped and fetched in chauffeur driven cars, hence their differing opinions. Some even laughed at his blatant statements about the condition of the road.

As part of our role as the “saviour of the sane”, we at NTMN carried out our own investigation. We took the “brave” step of travelling that road on the recommendation of Amar, on foot. Safe to say, we regretted it the instant we saw it. Nevertheless we clicked photos and interviewed the sparse population that travelled this road. To provide substance to our venture, we met people who actually drive drunk. They gave us weird looks and said they were too scared to drive on that road. By accident we met an engineering student who was going on that road. He said he used that stretch to test his self-developed moon buggy. “It offers better testing surface than the moon.”

People deal with it like they have for years. They drive by and around them. And Amar lives in the hope that one day, some big-time hotshot will travel that road and feel his pain. And then, maybe then, the judge and jury might believe his story.


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