Two cops killed, one critical as inebriated driver runs over them
Delhi police on Sunday confirmed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. A bottle of liquor was also found inside the car. The driver was arrested from the spot. At about 12.30 am, the accused driver identified as Hemant Kumar (39), a resident of Kalindi Kunj was going towards Noida in his Echo car (UP 14 ET 928). Three policemen were patrolling near a picket at Kalindi Kunj. One of the policemen indicated the driver to stop near the barricades but the accused rammed into them and dragged them for a few metres. ASI Nagendra Pal Singh (52) and constable Sawkar Prahlad Singh (41) succumbed to their injuries at the hospital while head constable Kaptan Singh (52) sustained critical injuries.
He is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital. “Because of the impact, the broken parts of the iron barricade got embedded in the policemen’s bodies because of which the duo succumbed to their injuries during the treatment,” a police official privy to investigation said.
If eyewitnesses are to be believed, the driver was in such an inebriated state that he could not come out of the vehicle by himself despite the accident.
Other policemen who reached the site took him out of the vehicle, police claimed.
The driver is a resident of Ghaziabad and was worked with a Noida-based call centre. At the time of the accident, he was returning home, informed the police officer. The vehicle has been impounded by the police.
ASI Nagender Singh was a resident of Aligarh and is survived by two sons and wife. Head constable Kaptan Singh hails from Haryana.
Prahlad Singh, constable, was a resident of Maharashtra and was currently residing at Chhattarpur in
south Delhi. A case under the Sections 304, 186, 353, 332 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against Kumar.