Panaji, June 30 (IANS) Panaji Mayor Surendra Furtado was on Thursday fined Rs 200 by the traffic police for wrong parking of his car next to a building housing the local Municipal Corporation offices.
Furtado said he paid the fine, but accused the police of “harassment”.
“After dropping me at the corporation office, my driver could not move the car to a proper parking space due to an improperly parked scooter. Policemen appeared on the scene suddenly and issued him a parking ticket of Rs 200. This is harassment because they have fined the city’s Mayor for parking a car below his office,” Furtado told IANS.
A Panaji Traffic Police official said the car was “double-parked” on a busy street. “It is a narrow road and double-parking can lead to congestion,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
Furtado was in the news on Sunday when he along with six other persons, including journalists, fell into a sewage-filled creek in Panaji during an inspection.