The driver of a Fortuner SUV tried to run over a police inspector at a naka on Saturday night and then escaped, even as the police officer fired gunshots at the vehicle.
The incident happened on the road dividing sectors 44 and 45, near the Laxmi Narayan Mandir. It was one of more than 100 nakas that the police had put up as part of its efforts to check suspicious activity in view of the elections.
Inspector Amanjot was supervising the naka when he saw a white Fortuner coming from the direction of Sector 34. A short distance before the naka, the vehicle suddenly turned left, hit a Honda City car, and reversed.
“On seeing this, the policemen ran to stop the Fortuner. But the SUV driver tried to run over Inspector Amanjot Singh and other officials. In order to stop the SUV, the Inspector fired two shots at the tyres of the SUV, puncturing them, but the SUV sped away,’’ said Senior Superintendent of Police Sukhchain Singh Gill.
He said that the Fortuner driver also turned off the headlights so that the police officials could not read the number.
The Honda City, which was driven by Mayank Sood of Ludhiana, was badly damaged. Sood gave a complaint to the police and a case of rash driving and endangering life of a person was registered against the unidentified SUV driver.
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On Sunday morning, on a complaint given by Inspector Amanjot, another case was lodged at the Sector 34 police station on charges of assault or use of criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty and obstructing a public servant.
“We will form a special investigation team under the supervision of Assistant Superintendent of Police Parvinder Singh to catch the SUV driver,” said the SSP. “The possibility of the driver having a criminal background cannot be ruled out from the way he tried to escape.’’