If it wasn’t for the bravery shown by special reserve police (SRP) driver Amol Khanvilkar, a group of five personnel could have been caught in the middle of the angry mob, which was pelting stones and setting vehicles on fire.
The incident occurred around 9.30am when a group of SRP personnel were trying to control the mob and clear the railway tracks of debris. One of the jawans present in the van told HT that the van being driven by Khanvilkar was parked near the station area.
“Suddenly, a group of protesters vandalised two other police vans and set them on fire. When they realised we were still in our van, they began crowding around us and pelting stones,” the jawan said. Khanvilkar began reversing the jeep, only to be struck by a stone on his head. It was only when of the jawans fired his rifle in the air that the crowd scattered, allowing them to escape.
“We were sure the mob would have set our van on fire. I want to thank our driver, who drove the van with one hand, while shielding his face with the other to get us to safety.”