A rogue car ran over three policemen and a motorcyclist at a police picket near the Sai Baba Mandir on Lodhi Road early on Sunday.
All four were critically injured; one of them has slipped into coma, doctors said. Around 2.15 am, the car, reportedly a deep blue Maruti Esteem, hit the four, rammed into a barricade and then sped away. The incident occurred just a few metres away from the spot where, in January 1998, Sanjeev Nanda on his BMW allegedly hit six people, including three cops.
The injured were identified as head constable Ramesh Chandra Bhardawaj, constable Rameshwar, home guard Harish Rawat and motorcyclist Vinod Gola. “After hitting the home guard, the car hit the other two policemen. A motorcyclist whom they had stopped for verification was also grievously injured. All police stations have been alerted and we are looking for the deep blue Esteem car,” said Anil Shukla, DCP (south). Unlike, other hit-and-run cases, the police have registered a case of attempt to culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Police Commissioner Yudhvir Singh Dadwal declared a reward of Rs 25,000 to trace the car. The police have recovered broken pieces of the taillight from the spot.