HYDERABAD: A 20-year-old student who tested positive when subjected to a breathalyser test by traffic police personnel was later declared “not under the influence of alcohol” by a doctor of (OGH).

However, Zaheeruddin claimed he was not under the influence of alcohol and asked police to check again. But as part of SOP, police conduct breath analyzer test only once and they refused to run the test again. “When traffic police refused to conduct the test again, I said, I had not consumed alcohol and the machine was showing wrong result. I went to law and order police station and lodged a complaint stating that the DD check result was wrong,” Zaheeruddin told TOI.

Sultan Bazar police then made a general diary entry of the complaint and a constable took Zaheeruddin to Osmania Hospital for alcohol consumption check-up.

After the check-up, the duty medical officer gave a report stating Zaheeruddin was not under the influence of alcohol. The doctor stated ‘conscious level coherent, pupils normal, gait normal, speech normal, alcoholic breath negative and congestion of eyes negative’ as details of the check-up in the medico legal certificate (MLC).

Zaheeruddin submitted the copy of the ML certificate to Sultan Bazar police and they acknowledged its receipt too. However, traffic police contested the medical report saying that proper procedure was not followed.

“The proper procedure for blood alcohol analysis involves the doctor collecting blood sample from the person involved and then sending it to forensic lab for analysis. The report given by OGH doctor does not mention blood sample analysis,” a traffic police official said. Inspector Shankar Raju said the breath analyser was working fine. As per procedure, Zaheeruddin has to attend counselling at Traffic Training Institute and then would be produced in court.
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