A 48-year-old Delhi Traffic police officer on vehicle-checking duty was mowed down by a truck at Dhaula Kuan in the early hours of Tuesday. Police said the truck driver, who was arrested after a chase of more than three kilometres, was not carrying a licence.
DCP (southwest) Devendra Arya told The Indian Express that a traffic constable deployed at the spot chased the truck in a taxi and managed to arrest him.
“We have registered a case under IPC sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against the driver, Ashfaq. He has been arrested,” said Arya.
Police sources said Ashfaq, a resident of Nuh in Haryana, was allegedly driving the truck at high speed.
“ASI Jitender Singh signalled to him to stop. Initially, Ashfaq slowed down. But when Jitender stepped in front of the vehicle, he hit the accelerator. Jitender was tossed in the air and received critical head injuries,” said a police officer.
Constable Pawan, who was deployed along with Jitender at Dhaula Kuan, got into a passing taxi and asked the driver to follow the truck. “They managed to catch Ashfaq near Mahipalpur flyover, when he parked the truck by the roadside and tried to flee on foot. He was caught and handed over to local police,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic) Alok Kumar.
Police said Jitender was meanwhile taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.
Jitender had joined Delhi Police as a constable in 1988. He had been posted with the traffic police Delhi Cantonment Circle for a year. He is survived by his wife Brijesh, two daughters and a son.
Police said the family lives in Palam. While the daughters, Vishakha (24) and Pooja (21), are pursuing MSc and BSc, his son Lakhya (19) is pursuing BTech, said police.