Anti-bomb squad car
It was a bizarre scene yesterday after the conference was adjourned around 6pm. At around 6:30pm, this reporter and his colleague left the National Judicial Institute (NJI) venue of the conference.
On getting to the entrance gate, we saw the unexpected: about three anti-bomb squad officers pushing their car. The police officers, wellkitted, were trying to start the vehicle by pushing it back and front.
After crossing to the other side of the road, we observed the antibomb squad policemen were still pushing the car back and front.
Even when the other police officer standing with his rifle and the traffic warden joined the push, the green hilux van refused to start.
It is clear that the car has ‘battery challenge.’ For close to 10 minutes, the police officers pushed and pushed but the car was too stubborn to start.
A colleague tried to take a shot of the scene but thought otherwise because of the presence of another van filled with operatives of the State Security Service (SSS).
I wondered what would happen if there was bomb scare and the only anti-bomb squad vehicle couldn’t start for some reasons.
The police authorities should really do something about their operational vehicles. I don’t know the feelings of dozens of motorists who passed by the NJI entrance yesterday and saw well-kitted police officers pushing their vehicle.