The guardians of the law were caught on the wrong foot when a car, driven by a Tangra police station subinspector rammed into a stationary truck on Kolkata's deserted Park Street at 3 am. Two officers were killed on the spot, triggering allegations that sub-inspector Prabal Roy, who was at the wheel of the killer car, was inebriated.
An officer of the Park Street police station told HT that a half empty bottle of whiskey was recovered from the car. Glasses, packets of snacks and cash were also found in the vehicle. Senior officers at the Lalbazar police head quarters refused to comment on the incident.
There were six occupants in the car, five cops and the owner, and Roy and his colleague Dhanapati Ghosh, who was also seated in the front, were killed in the crash. Their bodies have been sent for post mortem examinations, SSKM sources said.
Three of the policemen were critically injured and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) - while two of them sustained critical injuries and the third suffered a pelvic fracture.
Police commissioner Surajit Kar Purakayastha paid the injured cops a visit later in the day. “The three injured officers are Netai Ghosh, AK Bhattacharya and Dipankar Dey, all from the Tangra police station,” said officer-in- charge of Park Street police station Mohammad Kalimuddin.
Mohammad Muzaffar Ahmed, the owner of the vehicle escaped with minor head injuries. The driver of the container has been detained for questioning since he suspiciously fled with the vehicle after the accident.
The cops were returning after having conducted a raid, officials at Tangra police station said. However, the car owner, Ahmed said they were returning after dinner at Khidderpore.
Park Street was completely empty at the time at which the accident occurred, barring the container and the car, leaving little room for the possibility of an obstacle on the road that could have triggered the accident.
This incident could dent Kolkata Police’s image, since it aggresively campaigns against drunken driving.