Apparently being enraged by and frustrated with frequent cases filed against his bike by traffic sergeants, a ride-sharing biker set fire to his motorcycle in the capital’s Badda area on Monday.
Police said the man, Shawkat Ali, set his bike on fire in the morning following a dispute with a traffic sergeant.
Shawkat had been doing well with family by running a small shop. However, he had to shut the small business due to the coronavirus pandemic. Later, he chose the ride-sharing service several months ago as a means to run his family.
Shawkat was waiting for passengers on Badda Link Road with his motorcycle around 9:30am when the traffic sergeant approached him and took papers of his bike.
He urged the police officer not to file a case, saying he was fined several times in the past.
Frustrated at not getting the papers back, the youth set his motorcycle on fire.
Police claimed that despite taking the documents, they did not file any case against Shawkat's motorcycle. He set fire to the vehicle before filing of any case.
Later, police stopped him and put out the flame, the OC added. “We brought the motorcycle and the agitated driver to the police station. We’re questioning him and trying to understand what made him so angry,” he said.