Five days after a bureaucrat’s car alleged knocked down a 90-year-old war veteran in Chandigarh, defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday assured all necessary help to injured Capt Paramjit Kaur Dhanoa (Retd) and said ‘legal manipulation’ won’t be allowed to take place.
“We will give whatever help is required. I can ask my people in Chandigarh to monitor and see that legal manipulation does not take place because of the influential person involved,” he told reporters on board the warship INS Kochi which he commissioned in Mumbai on Wednesday.
The car belonging to secretary, industrial training in Haryana, Anil Kumar had allegedly knocked down Dhanoa, a former army doctor, on September 25 when she was entering the Tagore theatre to watch a play along with her family members.
The victim’s son, Captain Inderpreet Singh Dhanoa, 56, said his mother got injury after being hit by the official vehicle of Anil Kumar.
He alleged the officer did not even show the courtesy to enquire about the wellbeing of his injured mother after the mishap and instead went inside the theatre as if nothing had happened.
Capt Dhanoa said his mother was a doctor in the army and had the distinction of first lady army doctor posted in J&K. “We were hurt as the bureaucrat did not call them to know the condition of his mother,” he said.
Her grandson, Gobind Singh Dhanoa took to Facebbook to express his “disgust” over what is being described on social media as VVIP racism. Social media users expressed outrage at the incident.
The woman was admitted to Command Hospital, Chandimandir and her condition was now stable, her family said.
The Chandigarh Police has booked an “unknown person” under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 337 (endangering life and personal safety of others) of IPC.