A Mumbai traffic police constable was suspended for towing away a car with a woman and her baby inside it at Malad area of Mumbai.

The suspension orders came into force after a video clip of the incident appeared on the social media on Saturday. The video shows the woman and her baby sitting on the rear seat of the car and the traffic police towing it away.

An inquiry has been ordered into the incident that took place at Malad on Friday around 4.30 pm, said police, adding, the probe will be conducted under the supervision of DCP (Traffic), western suburbs.

The woman had gone to Malad for some work with her husband and the child and parked the car on the busy SV Road. As the car was obstructing the vehicular movement, the traffic police arrived at the spot with a towing van. When the van was about to leave with the car, the woman sat inside the vehicle with her baby, police said.

According to police, the traffic officials requested her to step out but she refused to comply, later officials from the Malad Police Station were called in to tackle the situation but to no avail.

In the video clip, onlookers can be heard shouting and protesting the police action, asking constable Shashank Rane, who was accompanying the towing van, to stop it.

The video clip also shows the woman shouting at the police and telling them she was unwell and feeding her child.

The official said the couple was taken to the police station where the woman’s husband paid a fine for unauthorised parking and the issue was sorted out.

The DCP (Traffic), western suburbs, has been asked to conduct an inquiry into the incident and submit a report by tomorrow, said Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

It has been prima facie noticed that safety of the woman and the child were endangered in the incident. Hence, pending inquiry, the constable is being placed under suspension, he said.

A decision about departmental action against him will be taken after the report is received, Kumar said.

(with agency inputs)