26/11 hero traf­fic po­lice­man’s leg crushed by es­cap­ing mo­tor­cy­clist

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Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - METRO - Priyanka Vora

MUM­BAI: This is how Mum­bai hon­oured Ashok Pawar, 48, who fought ter­ror­ists dur­ing the 26/11 at­tack. Pawar, a head con­sta­ble with the Matunga traf­fic di­vi­sion, sus­tained mul­ti­ple frac­tures on his left leg af­ter a mo­tor­cy­clist try­ing to evade a drink drive naka­bandi, ran over his leg.

He was rushed to Su­rana Sethia Hos­pi­tal in Chem­bur around 2am on Satur­day, where doc­tors found that his leg was injured badly.

Pawar had re­ceived the Rash­tra­p­ati Puraskar in 2013 hon­our­ing his work dur­ing the 26/11 ter­ror at­tack in Mum­bai.

“I was injured as shrap­nel was lodged in my leg dur­ing the at­tack, but that was okay as I was fight­ing ter­ror­ists. This is ex­tremely sad. The youth (who ap­peared to be 21 or 22 years old) in an at­tempt to flee from the naka­bandi, revved up his scooter and the next minute I was on the ground,” said Pawar who is wor­ried about los­ing a year of ser­vice owing to the in­jury. The in­ci­dent took place near a junc­tion near GTB rail­way sta­tion.

Pra­jyot Jag­tap, the doc­tor treat­ing Pawar, said his in­jury was ex­ten­sive and would take at least a year to heal com­pletely.

“His leg is frac­tured at two crit­i­cal spots mak­ing the heal­ing process longer. His knee is frac­tured as well, mak­ing it a chal­leng­ing surgery,” said Dr Jag­tap. Pawar is sched­uled to un­dergo surgery for the mul­ti­ple frac­tures on Mon­day.

Pawar’s se­nior, Su­nil Kadam, said it was an un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent.

“The youth riding the scooter saw the naka­bandi and took a turn, when one of the constables tried to stop him, he revved up and ran over his (Pawar’s) leg,” said Kadam, se­nior in­spec­tor, Matunga traf­fic di­vi­sion, Matunga.

A FIR has been reg­is­tered with the An­top Hill Po­lice sta­tion against an un­known per­son un­der sec­tion 279 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code, which deals with rash driv­ing en­dan­ger­ing hu­man life.

Doc­tors said Pawar would take at least three months to stand and walk with the help of a walker.

“The na­ture of the in­jury is such that the fus­ing of the bone will take longer,” Jag­tap said.

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Ashok Pawar, head con­sta­ble with the Matunga traf­fic di­vi­sion, at the Su­rana Sethia Hos­pi­tal in Chem­bur.

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