Three UT Police cops were injured after a recklessly driven Bolero jeep hit the vehicle in which they were travelling on Friday night.
The accident happened when the police team’s Tata Sumo reached the light point of sector 20/30. A rashly driven Bolero jeep came and hit the police vehicle, leaving all the constables injured. The collision was so powerful that both the vehicles turned turtle.
The cops, posted in the Forensic Laboratory, were going to inspect a suicide spot in Sector 47. According to the police, the forensic team consisting of head constable Vinod and constables Vikas and Balwinder Singh was going to Sector 47 to get samples from a spot where a man committed suicide.
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The constables in their statement told the police that their vehicle had a blue beacon and the man who was coming from Sector 20 side and going towards Sector 32 side thought that they were chasing his vehicle which might have frightened him and he rammed the jeep in their vehicle.
The constables said that when the vehicles overturned on the road, some persons who were following the jeep in another Bolero jeep took the injured driver with them and fled. The police later found that the Bolero jeep which met with the accident was stolen from Sector 20 and the thief was driving it on a high speed.
“When the driver saw the forensic team’s vehicle, he thought that a police party was following him, which frightened him. He accelerated the speed which led to the accident,” said a police official.
Station House Officer of Sector 19 police station Maninder Singh told Chandigarh Newsline that they traced the owner of the Bolero jeep which was involved in the accident. The owner, who is an auto dealer, said that his vehicle was stolen from outside his residence.
The SHO said that the thieves had not been identified yet but they had registered a case under sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code at Sector 19 police station.