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Cop caught hitting woman with brick

Victim claims he demanded bribe because she ran a red light

A traffic policeman in New Delhi who attacked a woman with a brick earlier this week has been arrested and sacked.

Indian television channel NDTV said the woman, who was on a scooter, was on her way home after a parent-teacher meeting at her daughter's school when she was stopped by the policeman, Satish Chand.

The woman, Ms Ramanjeet Kaur, 30, alleged that the policeman demanded 200 rupees (S$4) after she had allegedly run a red light.

She said she asked for a receipt, but he apparently refused to give it.

She alleged that the policeman kicked her scooter and attacked her.

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A motorist recorded the incident and the video went viral, forcing the Delhi Police to take action against the policeman, The Indian Express reported.

The 15sec video clip shows Ms Kaur picking up a brick and hurling it at the policeman's motorcycle. He retaliates by throwing the brick at her.

Ms Kaur was with her three daughters, who witnessed the incident.

"I screamed and then people gathered. This happened to me in broad daylight, how can we be safe?" she was quoted as saying.

"Initially, I apologised for my mistake and asked him to forgive me, but he then started abusing me and said all women just apologise after they have been caught."

Her daughter, Yamini, said her mother's hand was fractured and she had injuries on her back.

Special Commissioner of Police for Traffic Muktesh Chander told The Indian Express that Chand has been dismissed, adding: "We regret such a shameful act has been committed by a traffic policeman."

Initially I apologised for my mistake and asked him (the policeman) to forgive me, but he then started abusing me...

- Ms Ramanjeet Kaur, who was hit with a brick after being stopped by a traffic policeman in New Delhi