Two men in a jeep tried to run over a posse of policemen at India Gate in central Delhi on Sunday on being asked to stop. The policemen managed to step away in time to avoid the speeding jeep.
The early morning incident comes days after stunt bikers held the roads to ransom, leading to increased police vigilance.
The policemen, taken aback by the two men’s antics, gathered their wits soon and alerted officers in south and southeast parts of the city. Police stations in the areas were asked to erect barricades, stop the open jeep and arrest the duo.
The two were held in Greater Kailash after a cat-and-mouse chase that lasted almost an hour. They were identified as Palinder Singh Jolly, who was driving the vehicle, and his friend, Anmol Jeet Singh Bindra.
Jolly did not have a driving licence while his friend, reportedly the owner of the vehicle, did not have corroborating documents. Both were booked for an attempt to murder and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. The police took the jeep into their possession.
A senior police officer said the incident at the India Gate roundabout took place around 1am, where three police pickets had been set up to check vehicles, especially motorcyclists.
“We were near a picket when a speeding jeep was seen coming towards us. As the jeep came close to the barricade, one of us signalled the driver to stop,” said constable Amar Singh, the complainant in the case.
“The jeep began to slow down. But as soon as we stood in front of it, the driver stepped on the gas and attempted to run over us. We jumped to a side to save ourselves,” Singh added.
As the jeep took the road towards south Delhi, the policemen began chasing it. Messages were flashed on wireless sets about the incident. Police personnel were briefed about the number and the colour of the jeep.
“The men managed to dodge several police vehicles and barricades en route. They were eventually nabbed in Greater Kailash,” Singh added.
Jolly, a resident of Bhogal, is an undergraduate student at Delhi University while Bindra, who lives in Jangpura Extension, is a Class 12 drop-out. They are in the transport business.
Bindra told police that he had submitted papers of his jeep for a transfer at the RTO.