Delhi: Speeding car crashes into cops at traffic checkpoint

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2015 14:35 IST

Two days after Delhi traffic police launched a special drive to check violations at night, a speeding car hit five traffic police personnel in a late-night accident on Monday in the Civil Lines area.

Hundreds of drivers have been booked during the drive so far, several among them for drunk driving.

Police said at around 2am on Monday, the five police officers -- assistant sub-inspector Hemchandra, head constable Narendra and constables Vinit Kashyap, Vineet and Pradeep -- were checking vehicles at Civil Lines as part of the night traffic management drive.

One of officers spotted a speeding white Santro car going towards the Delhi University Metro station and signalled the driver to stop for a check but the driver allegedly pushed the acclerator further to flee the spot.

But the driver, identified as one Dinesh Sharma, couldn’t control the vehicle and rammed the two barricades, near which the five police personnel were standing, police said.

Hemchandra and Narendra, who reportedly suffered serious injuries, were rushed to the Sushruta Trauma Centre while the other three constables were admitted to a nearby nursing home.

A PCR team that reached the spot arrested Sharma. He was granted bail on Monday morning. At the time of the accident, he was travelling with his wife and two children. His wife, who was sitting in the front seat, also suffered minor injuries in the accident.

Police said that the family was returning to their Rohini residence after visiting their relatives and offering prayers at a temple in Vrindavan, near Mathura. Deputy Commissioner of police (North) Madhur Verma said the five police personnel were recuperating at the hospital. “Two of the officers have sustained serious injuries. All of them have suffered a fracture. We have taken the blood sample of the accused. He works with a private firm. A case has been registered,” Verma said.

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