Six police personnel, including two police inspectors of the anti-corruption department of Amravati circle were killed when a vehicle in which they were travelling in overturned near Kamargaon, in Washim district in west Vidarbha, some 200 km from Bhopal.
According to reports reaching Bhopal, the incident occurred on the Washim-Amravati state highway when the police party was returning from Washim on Wednesday early morning. A group of nine police personnel, including two PIs of ACB went there by a Tata-Sumo in connection with a case they were handling.
Three other constables sustained injuries, one of them grievously. Among the killed police personnel, two were PIs, the driver of the vehicle, a head constable and two constables. They died on the spot.
The Amravati police informed that the Sumo hit a roadside tree when the driver lost control over the vehicle. All the injured policemen were taken to the government-run civil hospital in Amravati while one, with minor injuries, was allowed to go home after treatment. Among the injured policemen, one of them was reported to be critical.
“The victims belonged to the Amravati ACB and had come to Washim for a trap case along with our local ACB personnel. They were bound for home after completing their duties late last night,” informed Santosh More of Washim police.
The preliminary reports suggest the accident could be the result of driver dozing off at the wheel after working for long hours on duty.
The deceased police personnel were identified as: Anil Rajankar (45), Satish Mawal (38) (both PIs). Head constable, Pradip Bhujade (50), constables Anil Rewadkar (50), Rajendra Deshmukh (51) and the driver, Pramod Kale (39).
“Senior police officials rushed to the spot and brought the bodies to Amravati for the last rites,” informed Arvind Salvi, the superintendent of police (SP) of ACP, Amravati circle.