A white car crashes through the locked iron gates of a high-security complex in the national capital in the early hours of Monday. Undone by the impact of the crash, its fender hangs loose. Security guards, taken aback by the suddenness of the incident, train their large guns on the car and shoot. The car zooms out of the premises and disappears into the night.
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This could be a scene from an attempted terror attack gone wrong. Except, it wasn’t. The incident, according to CCTV footage and police accounts, was reportedly a drunken joyride gone very, very wrong. And the man at the wheel of the vehicle, which was at the centre of the ‘terror scare’, was a policeman.
Ankit Kumar, a constable of the Delhi Police, was shot at and injured by security guards posted at All India Radio’s (AIR) transmitter office in New Delhi, after the allegedly drunk policeman drove a car into the premises of the AIR office in the early hours of Monday.
Kumar, who was accompanied by a friend who owned the car, was reportedly shot in the chest by personnel of the Nagaland Armed Police (NAP), who were guarding the office on Mall Road. After fleeing from the AIR complex, he stopped the car at the nearby Civil Lines police station, from where he was taken to the hospital, said the police. He had to undergo a surgery and his condition is now reportedly stable.
Defending the action, Yasso, the NAP personnel who shot at the car, said, “We thought terrorists had entered (the complex). The way the car broke through the gates and entered the premises at around 2.40 am, driving right to where our barracks were, we were sure this was not an ordinary incident. We actually thought these persons were intruders who were about to attack us. I was forced to shoot at the car while it was leaving”.
“Kumar has been booked under charges of rash and negligent driving and damage to public property. Medical reports will reveal if he was drunk. His friend Golu, who was in the car with him, works as a driver for a private employee. Kumar was off duty when the incident occurred. He was driving from Gurgaon to his residence in Karawal Nagar. Investigations are going on and Kumar is still under observation,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, North, Madhur Vermad.
Krishan Kumar, a private security guard at the site, said, “When the car came right in and came to a halt before the barracks, the guards came out and asked the driver to come of the car. But the driver refused to do so. We felt threatened by the two intruders. In fact, we strongly felt that they were terrorists and we were under attack.”
“Then his friend opened the car door and ran into the dense bushes. Because it was dark, we could not see where he fled and we began hunting for him. All this while, the car stood still. We thought that we had the driver and the car in control because he made no attempts to move or leave. But to our surprise, the man at the wheel backed up and drove out,” he said.
“We managed to trace the other intruder and pinned him to the ground. But he kept saying he was from Delhi Police,” added Kumar.
According to police, Golu was tied up by the guards at the AIR office and then handed over to the police while an injured Kumar managed to drive till the police station.
“We have submitted the CCTV footage of the incident to police. This was a totally bizarre incident. This is the first time something like this has happened,” said Deputy Director, Engineering, AIR, N K Prasad.