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Intercepted at a naka, biker slips, dies; Chandigarh cop booked for negligence

The cop, Balkar Singh, had stopped Aslam and his friend, Khalil, 21, at the naka as they were driving their bike without a helmet.

punjab Updated: Jun 06, 2017 14:43 IST
HT Correspondent
Residents of Saketri protesting outside the Mansa Devi police station in Panchkula on Monday. They have alleged that police negligence led to the death of Aslam.
Residents of Saketri protesting outside the Mansa Devi police station in Panchkula on Monday. They have alleged that police negligence led to the death of Aslam.(Sant Arora/HT Photo)

Mansa Devi police have booked a constable for causing death due to negligence after 200 villagers from Saketri laid siege to the police station on Monday. The villagers alleged that their 23-year-old ward, mechanic Aslam, of Pinjore, was killed due to the cop’s actions at check-post (naka) in the village on May 31. Aslam died at Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh on Sunday late night.

The cop, Balkar Singh, had stopped Aslam and his friend, Khalil, 21, at the naka as they were driving their bike without a helmet. According to the police, the driver Aslam was also drunk and was speeding. When stopped, he lost balance and struck his head against the road.

Aslam’s brother contested this claim. “They fell down because the cops stopped them. This is the Muslim month and Ramzan and my brother was not drunk.”

The deceased Aslam (HT Photo)

The pillion rider Khalil, a student, broke his right leg.

Khalil, who is bedridden, said they fell off the bike as one of the constables caught hold of the bike’s handle and did not allow them to stop properly.

Police took Aslam to Government Medical Hospital in Sector 32, Chandigarh, from where he was shifted to the PGIMER.

Mansa Devi SHO Suraj Chawla said the cop had been booked under Section 304-A (death due to negligence) on a complaint from the deceased’s kin. He added that a probe was on to ascertain the role of the second cop on duty at the naka that day for his involvement in the case. The body had been handed over to the kin after post-mortem.

Assistant commissioner of police Munish Sehgal, said, “There are grey areas in the case. Action will be taken, if cops are at fault.”

He added, “For now, all cops have been issued guidelines not to forcibly stop commuters. If they flee from a naka, the cops will note their vehicle number. A fine will be posted at the registration address of the vehicle.”

Harjinder Singh, from Saketri, a relative of Aslam, said, “The police have turned nakas into points of corruption and stop people unnecessarily to extort money.”