Timely action by two Delhi traffic police constables saved the lives of two people who were struck in their car after it caught fire on Monday evening.
Two traffic constables—Laxmi Narain and Ashok Rai — of Kalkaji traffic circle showed presence of mind and saved the two persons from a burning Hyundai Accent at Maa Anandmai Marg crossing near Crown Plaza Hotel, said traffic police.
Narain and Rai were regulating traffic at Maa Anandmai Marg crossing around 7pm when they saw smoke coming out of a Hyundai Accent car coming from the Lal Quan side towards Kalkaji.
A lot of smoke was coming out of from the vehicle which had two occupants aged between 30 and 35 years. While the occupants struggled to come out of the vehicle, Narain first opened the door next to the driver. The person who was driving the car — later identified as Pitul — could not come out as the door was stuck and there was thick smoke all around.
"With Narain's help, the driver came out of the car. Meanwhile, Narain opened all the other doors of the car. The other occupant —later identified as Naveen—also came out of the car. Narain ensured no other person was trapped inside the vehicle in the front and back seats. Soon after they were removed, the car was completely damaged," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Rai, who was operating the signal at the intersection at the time of incident, stopped traffic from all four sides. Soon the fire brigade and PCR vans were called on the spot.
"A few minutes' delay in removing the duo from the car could have been fatal," said Naraina, who along with his colleague Rai has been nominated for cash reward and commendation roll by the commissioner of police, Delhi, said traffic police officials.