Hit-and-run: Traf­fic cop hit by truck, dies

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A 30-year-old Delhi traf­fic po­lice con­sta­ble died af­ter a speed­ing truck knocked him down on the Geeta Colony fly­over on Satur­day morn­ing.

The con­sta­ble, Bi­nesh Ku­mar, was try­ing to stop the truck af­ter it over­took an­other ve­hi­cle in a rash man­ner. The truck ran over the con­sta­ble as he sig­nalled its driver to stop. Ku­mar died around 11.30 am at a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in east Delhi. The driver fled with the ve­hi­cle even though other traf­fic po­lice per­son­nel chased it.

Haren­dra Ku­mar Singh, ad­di­tional deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (North), said the con­sta­ble was a na­tive of Ali­garh in Ut­tar Pradesh. He is sur­vived by his wife and three-and-a-half-yearold daugh­ter. Ku­mar joined Delhi Po­lice in 2010 and was posted in Kot­wali traf­fic cir­cle.

Ac­cord­ing to Singh, Ku­mar and three other traf­fic per­son­nel were man­ning a check post near the Geeta Colony fly­over when the ac­ci­dent took place. The traf­fic po­lice­men were stand­ing on the road­side when they spot­ted a green truck, prob­a­bly car­ry­ing bricks, com­ing from ITO.

“The truck was in speed and over­took an­other ve­hi­cle. Ku­mar went on the road, sig­nalling the trucker to stop. But the trucker pressed the ac­cel­er­a­tor in his at­tempt to jump the check post,” said a traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cer.

Ku­mar came in the way of the truck and was hit. He was thrown in the air, his head hit the road and he fell un­con­scious. One of his col­leagues rushed to his help, while the oth­ers started chas­ing the truck. “Ku­mar was rushed to Sushruta Trauma Cen­tre from where he was shifted to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal. But he suc­cumbed to his in­juries,” said the of­fi­cer.

Po­lice reg­is­tered a case un­der sec­tion 304 (cul­pa­ble homi­cide not amount­ing to mur­der), 186 (ob­struct­ing a pub­lic ser­vant), 353 (as­sault to de­ter a pub­lic ser­vant) 279 (rash driv­ing) and 337 (caus­ing hurt by act en­dan­ger­ing per­sonal safety of oth­ers) of the IPC and 50/177, 66.1/192A of the mo­tor ve­hi­cle act.

Con­sta­ble Bi­nesh Ku­mar

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