Police, firemen in 8-hr struggle to bring down man atop crane
New Delhi: Police and fire brigade struggled for nearly 8 hours to bring down a mentally unstable man from atop a crane at the site of an under-construction hotel. The 25-year-old was incoherent in his speech and threatened to jump to death if anyone tried to come near him.
The drama started at 10pm on Thursday and ended only at 6am on Friday when a fire official finally managed to convince him to come down.
The man, later identified as Raju, had come to Delhi from his hometown in Maharashtra two days ago. Police said he also visited Rishikesh and Haridwar before coming to Delhi.
On Thursday night, Paharganj police received a PCR call about Raju climbing atop the 25-foot crane from a passerby. The fire brigade reached the spot soon after. The crane was in mid- air, so there was no way he could be reached without the rescuers being noticed. This made the rescue opera-
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Raju refused to answer any questions and instead screamed out loud. Things were getting difficult in the dark, and the police feared he might jump. Even searchlights were of little help. Many locals then engaged Raju in conversation through the night so that he didn’t jump. People also told him religious sermons and short stories.
In the morning, fire officials used a hydraulic lift to reach him. A fireman promised him all help and no police action after which he agree to come down.
He was taken for medical examination and then interviewed during which he answered questions about him. The police then contacted his sister and asked her to come to Delhi. The police said they were waiting for the relatives to arrive. Until then, Raju would have to stay at a shelter home.
The drama started at 10pm on Thursday and ended at 6am on Friday