Drunk driving: ETO injures 4 in Jalandhar

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Dec 13, 2014 12:33 IST

The local police have arrested Phagwara excise and taxation officer (ETO) Baljinder Singh Sidhu on charges of injuring four people by rash driving in a drunk state here on Thursday night.

The injured were admitted to a nearby hospital where their condition is said to be stable.

Sidhu, a resident of the local Urban Estate Phase-1 who was reportedly on leave of late, was driving his car with a blue beacon atop in the Urban Estate Phase-2 locality of the city.

The rashly driven car first hit a rickshaw puller near Chhoti Baradari, leading to the rickshaw being damaged.

Sidhu reportedly settled the dispute with the rickshaw puller by compensating him for the loss.

As he again got behind the wheel, the car hit a cyclist Aslam who, along with his nephew Altaf, was going to their house at the nearby Garha locality. The two fell on the road and suffered minor injuries.

The ETO then hit the scooter of Parwinder Singh, general manager in an automobile agency, and injured him. The ETO’s car then hit Subhash, a pedestrian, and injured him before coming to a halt.

Soon, the people of Garha locality nabbed the ETO and handed him over to the police. He was taken to civil hospital for medical examination that confirmed that he was drunk.

Additional deputy commissioner of police-2 Harpreet Singh Mander said, “A case under sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) has been registered against Sidhu.”

Deputy excise and taxation commissioner Sarojini Gautam Sharda said the department had sought a report of the incident and a copy of the FIR registered against Sidhu. The department would act after getting the report, she added.

Meanwhile, a local court on Friday gave bail to the ETO.

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