A careless and callous policeman on VVIP duty damaged the windpipe of a motorcyclist when he yanked a rope being used as a barricade across the road after one convoy had passed and another was to come.
Pramod Tanwar, a 43-year-old businessman, was on his way back home to Naraina from Lodhi Road’s Sai Baba temple on Thursday morning with a friend.
As he was crossing the Dhaula Kuan flyover, the policeman pulled the rope, hitting him on the neck. The impact flung him off his bike. Then, instead of helping him, the policeman ran off, Tanwar’s wife Alka said, leaving him to be taken to a hospital in another police vehicle.
The incident took place during two VVIP convoy movements, within minutes of each other. The policeman is alleged to have lifted the rope to stop traffic and prepare for the second convoy. While doing that he didn’t bother to check if there was any traffic.
“There was no barricading when he (Tanwar) was on that road. The rope suddenly sprung up in his path,” Alka said.
Doctors at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where Tanwar is being treated, said his windpipe was badly damaged, making it difficult for him to breathe. He is still unable to speak. Tanwar’s friend escaped with minor injuries.
Though no complaint has been filed, police officials said they were aware of the incident as a call had been made to the police control room.