Three CRPF women personnel from the 88 Battalion (the first all-women battalion of the CRPF) were killed and 18 others seriously injured after a speeding truck rammed their staff bus and dragged it for about 100 metres. Two of the 18 injured have reportedly slipped into a coma.
The impact of the crash was such that the bus overturned. The incident was reported from Dwarka Sector-14 intersection around 6 am.
Police said the personnel were on their way from the staff quarters in Jaroda Kalan to the CRPF headquarters in Sector-8. When the bus reached the Sector-14 intersection, a speeding truck, bearing a Rajasthan numberplate, came from an adjacent road and rammed into the middle of the bus on its left.
The three deceased have been identified as ASI Ram Kala, hailing from Rajasthan, Head Constable Seema Kumari, a resident of Najafgarh, and Constable Saroj Bala, also a resident of Najafgarh. They were seated on the left side of the bus, police said. They died of head injuries and excessive bleeding.
Police said the truck driver abandoned the truck and fled the spot. A case of rash and negligent driving causing death has been registered against him based on the complaint by the CRPF staff bus driver Bhagwan.
In a statement to police, Bhagwan said, “I left Jaroda Kalan around 5.40 am and reached Dwarka Sector-16 and 14 intersection around 6.10 am. While I was crossing the intersection, a truck came at a high speed from an adjacent road and rammed our bus, dragging it for over 100 metres. The bus overturned on impact and I managed to escape through the window. I was saved as the truck hit the left side of the bus. By the time I came around, the truck driver had fled and the PCR had reached the spot.”
Other CRPF personnel, who were behind the bus on their motorbikes, alerted police. “We were on our way to the headquarters when we saw our staff bus lying overturned. Our staff members were lying inside the bus, bleeding. We alerted the police control room. By the time we reached, the driver of the truck had fled,” a CRPF personnel said.
The bodies of the three CRPF personnel were taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for a post-mortem examination, while the other 18 are recuperating at three different hospitals — Rockford, Ayushman and AIIMS Trauma Centre.
Police have launched a hunt to nab the truck driver.
“We have contacted the Rajasthan Transport Authority to give us the name and address of the owner of the truck. Our officers have gone there to fetch the details. We will nab the driver soon,” a senior police officer said.
‘Ram Kala lost her husband in a road mishap, that driver was never arrested’
A day before she was to go on leave to help her daughter prepare for her Class XII session, CRPF ASI Ram Kala on Wednesday met the same fate as her husband — he died in a similar road accident in 2000.
Since then, Ram Kala — who won the Videsh Seva Medal for her exemplary work in ‘Operation Pawan’ as a part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka — had been raising her two children, a daughter and a son, by herself.
“I have never seen a woman so strong. Her daughter was just two years old when her husband died. She raised her children alone,” one of Ram Kala’s colleagues said.
Ram Kala is survived by her 16-year-old daughter, a Class XII student, and 22-year-old son, who is preparing for the civil services. She was to go on leave on Thursday to help her daughter with her preparations for Class XII.
“She told me yesterday that she was going on leave for six days. She was concerned about her daughter’s new academic session — Class XII being a Board class. She always said that she does not want her children to feel that they would have got a better education, had their father been alive,” the colleague said.
She added, “Kala balanced her family and work very well. Every day, she left home around 6 am and returned around 7 in the evening. After that, she used to help her children with their studies. Her son is preparing for the civil services and she was confident that he would get through. She always said she wanted to see him in uniform.”
Ram Kala’s husband also lost his life in a road accident. In August 2000, his car was hit by a commercial goods vehicle on the Jaipur highway.
“The driver who ran over Ram Kala’s husband has not been arrested till date. She ran from pillar to post to get him justice, but the driver was never identified. We never thought she too would meet with a similar fate,” the colleague said.