The Hush Post| 8:51 am | two-minute-read
A 48-year-old traffic cop was dragged and killed by a speeding truck on Tuesday morning. He was dragged for close to 500 metres after he tried to stop it for routine check near Rao Tula Ram (RTR) Marg in southwest Delhi.
The truck driver, who attempted to flee from the accident spot, was caught by traffic policemen near Mahipalpur after a three-kilometre chase. The assistant sub-inspector Jitender Singh was on vehicle inspection on Sanjay T-Point, near airport at about 7:40 am. Singh was accompanied by other constables.
“Witnesses told us that it was at 7.40am that Singh spotted a truck coming from Dhaula Kuan. The ASI flagged the truck driver to slow down for checking. As the truck slowed down and Singh went near the vehicle, the driver suddenly accelerated. The truck hit Singh and he got stuck under the heavy vehicle. It dragged Singh for over 500 metres before he could unhook himself,” said an official.
The truck was intercepted near Mahipalpur by constable Pawan Kumar who was on duty with Singh
Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest) Debender Arya said the driver managed to flee from the spot leaving Singh behind. Singh’s colleagues alerted the nearby police on radio about the errant truck’s registration number (Dl-1 L X – 3092) and also started chasing the truck.
The truck was traced and intercepted near Mahipalpur by constable Pawan Kumar who was on duty with Singh.
Kumar stopped a taxi and chased the truck. Personnel from Delhi Cantonment traffic circle also helped their counterparts. The driver, Mohammad Ashfaq, 23, a resident of Dayalpur in Nuh, Haryana, was arrested, Arya said.
Meanwhile, two of the three constables assisting Singh rushed him to the Indian Spinal Injury Hospital in Vasant Kunj. However, the officer could not be saved. His body was sent for a post-mortem.
Singh, who belonged to village Sabga in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.