Jyotipriya saves civic volunteer from unruly cab driver
Kolkata: If you are an avid follower of social media, you must have come across posts where incidents of Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj helping out common people after they reach out to her through Twitter. On Thursday, state Food and Supply minister Jyotipriya Mallick took the act of helping people to another level when he rescued a civic volunteer who was forced to into a car by a cab driver. The accused driver had then started driving at a high speed with the volunteer after the former stopped him for flouting traffic norms.
The errant vehicle had skipped a traffic signal near Sukanta Nagar area in Salt Lake and left the area at a very high speed. After seeing the incident, the civic volunteer Sunil Dutta who was on duty took an autorickshaw and chased the vehicle.
Dutta managed to intercept the vehicle a few kms away from the spot. He asked the accused driver, Afsar Hossain to show his license. But the accused refused.
A hot altercation broke out between the two. Later, the accused driver told the civic volunteer to sit in the car and said he would drive the car to Sukanta Nagar where he flouted the traffic
signal. When the volunteer got inside the vehicle, the driver sped up the vehicle and tried to take the vehicle in some other direction.
When Dutta protested against the incident, the driver threatened him. The civic volunteer tried to contact the police with the help a walkie-talkie. He was also trying to contact the local police station. When the errant vehicle was on the Maa flyover, Mallick's convoy was passing through the area.
The police personnel who were in the minister's convoy got to know about the incident and informed the matter to the minister who in turn instructed the police to intercept the vehicle. The minister's convoy chased the vehicle and caught the vehicle on Maa flyover.
After getting rescued, Sunil told the police about the entire incident on how the accused forced him into the vehicle. He boarded the vehicle as the accused said that he would take the car to the spot where he skipped the signal but he drove the vehicle in the opposite direction.
As the accused was driving the car at a speed of 100 Km per hour, he could not even get out of the vehicle. What the accused intended to do is still unclear.
Police have arrested the accused Afsar after interrogating him. The accused also admitted his guilt to the police. A probe is being conducted. The civic volunteer thanked Mallick for timely action to rescue him.