A sand-laden truck crushed two policemen in Madhya Pradesh’s Sehore district on Wednesday night, triggering outrage as the accident occurred in chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s hometown.
Sub-inspector Sunil Kumar Verma (59) and assistant sub inspector Ram Dutt Singh (56) were returning on a motorcycle after investigating a case around 11.30 pm in Budhni town, sources said.
They were crossing a railway bridge near the Sehore-Hoshangabad border when a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction hit the motorcycle and crushed the duo. The policemen were rushed to hospital where doctors declared them dead on arrival.
Verma hailed from Uttar Pradesh’s Jalaun district and Singh was a native of MP’s Bhind district. The duo was posted at Budhni police station in Sehore for two years.
Police said they impounded the truck that had a Haryana registration number plate -- HR55 N 2826 – but the driver managed to escape. The unidentified truck driver has been booked under Section 304-A for causing death by negligence, Budhni police sub inspector VD Singh said on Thursday.
But police aren’t sure if the sand loaded on the truck was illegally mined from the Narmada. Illegal sand mining in the Narmada river is rampant in Budhni that separates Budhni (Sehore) from the adjoining Hoshangabad district.