Late on Saturday night, an assistant sub inspector and a constable of Delhi Police were killed when a drunk cab driver rammed his speeding vehicle into the barricades they were manning. During the tragic incident, both victims were dragged several metres before the car, hired by a call centre, came to a halt. Reports stated that portions of a barricade had pierced the bodies of both the victims.
Although political parties like the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have entered the fray, demanding a compensation of Rs 1 crore each for the families of the cops, the incident raises further questions regarding safety concerns on the road in the national Capital. As the recent incident highlights, not even policemen are spared from incidents of inexplicable road rage. Officials in Delhi Police have pointed towards another fact that though cops always face risks on duty, off late the fear of the khaki has gone down considerably with criminals directly targeting them.
Although the accused in the recent case had no prior criminal record, nonetheless, the incident threw up further concerns surrounding the need for better-trained cabbies in the city, post the Uber shame. The lack of safety on Delhi’s roads is no secret. Companies must train and ingrain strict safety codes and procedures and take punitive action on those not following these guidelines if necessary. Though the cab driver was returning home at the time of the incident, it is imperative to note that the arresting officers found a bottle of liquor in his vehicle. Surely, that cannot be a precedent for any standard company practice. It is unlikely that this was the first time the cab driver indulged in such activities. Without better checks, such incidents involving cab drivers will continue to occur.