Two Delhi policemen killed and one injured as 'drunk' driver rams barricade

Two Delhi Police personnel were killed and one injured when a speeding call centre van rammed them during a routine check in South-east Delhi’s Kalindi Kunj area in the early hours of Sunday.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the driver was in an inebriated condition when the incident took place, and was coming from a call centre in Noida. 

A senior police officer from the South-east district said the incident occurred around 12.45am.

The incident occurred when the policemen at the Kalindi Kunj barricade asked the driver to stop his car

The incident occurred when the policemen at the Kalindi Kunj barricade asked the driver to stop his car

The call centre cab (registration no. UP-14 ET-928) was asked to halt at a police picket in Kalindi Kunj, near Okhla Barrage - but it stopped only after hitting the police barricade and dragging assistant sub-inspector Nagendra Pal Singh and constable Sawkar Prahlad Ram Rao along the barricade for around 100 metres.

Caught after chase 

The victims were taken to Apollo Hospital in Sarita Vihar, where Nagendra and Prahlad were declared dead on arrival. Head constable Kaptan Singh is still recuperating in the hospital, where his condition is said to be critical. 

“The impact of the collision was such that the broken barricade parts had pierced through the bodies of the deceased policemen,” the officer added. 

Passers-by made a call to the police control room (PCR) and informed them about the incident. 

Eyewitnesses told the police that the van’s driver was so drunk that he could not exit the vehicle by himself. The driver was chased and apprehended by other policemen some distance from the spot.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-east) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said a case under sections 304, 186, 353 and 332 of the IPC has been registered at the Jaitpur police station. The driver of the car, Hemant Kumar, 39 - a resident of Ghaziabad - was arrested. 

The Maruti Eeco car, which Kumar was driving, has been impounded, police said. 

Assistant sub-inspector Nagendra, a native of Uttar Pradesh, is survived by his wife and two sons. Constable Prahlad, a native of Maharashtra, leaves a wife and two daughters.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) demanded compensation of Rs 1 crore each for the slain Delhi Police personnel. 

“It is our party’s in-principle stand that families of Delhi Police personnel who lay their lives while on duty should be given Rs 1 crore immediately,” said Manish Sisodia, party leader.