New Delhi: A head constable was killed and one other policeman injured when an allegedly drunk 19-year-old pupil drove his Honda Metropolis into an anti-street crimes police van, Prakhar, close to Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa Faculty in Delhi College’s North Campus within the early hours of Monday, the police mentioned.
The affect of the hit was such that the police van — a Mahindra Scorpio — was toppled and skid over 15 ft, leaving the top constable trapped inside.
The errant driver, Tushar Gupta, who too was injured within the mishap, was caught from the spot, mentioned Monika Bhardwaj, deputy commissioner of police (north). Gupta is pursuing Bachelors in Commerce diploma from a college in Singapore and was visiting his mother and father in Delhi’s Mannequin City in March when the lockdown was introduced, leaving him stranded in India, the DCP mentioned.
“He was closely drunk, probably manner past the permissible restrict. We’re awaiting his blood pattern report,” the DCP mentioned.
The accident occurred at a time when the Delhi Visitors Police has been pressured to droop prosecution of drunk driving on Delhi’s roads amid fears that utilizing alcometers to examine if a driver is drunk or not might result in infections to the site visitors personnel. There has not been any prosecution or motion in opposition to drunk drivers ever since, until somebody is concerned in an accident and will get caught.
Head constable Wazir Singh, 50, and his colleague constable Amit, 40, had been patrolling the streets within the Prakhar van when the accident occurred round 1.30 am.
The DCP mentioned Gupta was returning residence from the home of a buddy in Civil Strains the place he had been ingesting.
“The Prakhar van was transferring very sluggish when a Honda Metropolis rammed it at a really excessive velocity on the junction of the Chhatra Marg and Ring Street,” mentioned the DCP, including that the sedan’s entrance was closely broken whereas the police automobile toppled and skidded for a number of ft earlier than coming to a halt.
Constable Amit, who was behind the wheel of the van, was badly injured, however he managed to emerge from the automobile. Head constable Singh, nevertheless, was trapped inside.
“Regardless of his damage, Amit joined palms with some passersby to drag out Singh from the mangled stays of the automobile. They had been then rushed to Sushruta Trauma Centre the place the top constable died throughout remedy,” mentioned the DCP. Amit continues to stay hospitalised, however the police mentioned that he’s prone to survive.
Singh’s son, Vinay, who’s a constable with the Haryana Police, mentioned his father had left their residence in Sonepat on Sunday night, hours earlier than his loss of life. “He would come residence to us through the 24 hours of relaxation he received after 12 hours of responsibility on the roads. He left us on Sunday evening saying he would return as quickly as his responsibility ended,” mentioned Vinay, one in all two sons of Singh.
He mentioned his father had joined the Delhi Police 19 years in the past and was deployed with the PCR unit simply two months in the past after a chronic stint within the site visitors police.
“I’ll pursue the case to make sure justice for my father,” mentioned Vinay.
Gupta, in the meantime, was saved from extreme accidents due to the security airbags, which had been deployed instantly after the collision, the DCP mentioned.
Gupta was restrained on the accident spot by the passersby and he was later booked for culpable murder not amounting to homicide, rash driving and inflicting harm attributable to a negligent act, mentioned the DCP.
When HT reached out to Gupta’s household, they refused to touch upon the incident.
The site visitors police, is “ready and watching” the Covid-19 state of affairs earlier than resuming its motion in opposition to drunk drivers, mentioned Taj Hassan, particular commissioner of police (site visitors police).
“The drunk driving checking entails a one-to-one interface whereas utilizing the alcometers, which makes the method unsafe for the personnel finishing up the train. Aside from that, they must escort many drunk drivers to hospitals, which too is dangerous,” mentioned Hassan concerning the purpose behind the suspension of the train.
Final month, the site visitors police additionally stepped out on the streets to start issuing e-challans to different violators, however there was no resumption within the prosecution of drunk drivers, mentioned Hassan.
The deadly accident comes simply two weeks after a site visitors assistant commissioner of police, Sanket Kaushik, was fatally run over by a tempo on the service lane close to Rajokri Flyover.
Until July 31 this 12 months, 557 individuals have been killed in 543 deadly accidents within the nationwide capital, knowledge launched by the site visitors police on Monday confirmed. Whereas non-public automotive customers accounted for less than 13 such deaths, these had been accountable for killing 83 of 265 individuals in whose instances the trigger for the loss of life have been ascertained.
There have been 1,433 deadly accidents in 2019 through which 1,463 individuals died, based on the police knowledge.