Traffic cop tries to stop speeding car, run over in east Delhi

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 04, 2016 07:15 IST
The Honda City car that ran over traffic policeman Yoginder Singh at Gandhi Nagar on Tuesday. (Hindustan Times)

A law student driving a Honda City ran over a traffic policeman and crushed his legs when he tried to stop the speeding car in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar area on Tuesday afternoon.

Yoginder Singh, 37, posted at the Gandhi Nagar traffic circle, was checking speeding vehicles in the area when he saw the youth in the Honda City moving towards Gandhi Nagar from Pushta Road.

The traffic cop signalled him to stop but instead of slowing down, the youth hit Yoginder and sped away. Yoginder was flung three feet into the air before falling on the ground. The car ran over his legs.

The driver -- Nikhil Kumar, a second-year law student at a university in Sahibabad -- was arrested.

“He was reportedly coming from Pushta Road after meeting his friends. Whether he was driving under the influence of alcohol or not will be clear once his medical report is out,” a senior police officer said.

Yoginder was rushed to Max hospital in Patparganj where his condition was said to be critical.

The driver, Nikhil Kumar , was later arrested.

Eyewitness told the police that Yoginder first signalled Kumar to stop from a distance of 100 metres. When he did not stop, Yoginder stood in the way thinking the car would stop but the youth did not even slow down.

“He was speeding and did not reduce the speed even when he saw the cop moving his hand furiously, asking him to stop. The cop was flung into the air. He was driving alone and had not put on the seat belt. The impact of the hit was such the Honda City car had a dent in the front after the hit,” an investigator told HT.

A case of rash and negligent driving and obstructing a public servant from doing his duty was registered.

The police recorded the statements of over 10 persons who were at the spot when the incident happened. The investigators were analysing CCTV footage of the area.

“We have accessed grabs from CCTV footage that show the vehicle speeding. Kumar has been arrested and is being questioned,” a senior police officer said.

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