Two inspectors and four constables from the Amravati unit of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) were killed in a mishap on Washim-Amravati road Tuesday night.
The ACB personnel were returning to Amravati after conducting a search at a house in Shirpur Jain,Washim district. The accident occurred two km from Ghamal village between 5.30 and 6 am. The driver of the vehicle,night constable Pramod Kale (39),swerved to avoid a burning tree that had fallen on the road,an officer said. The vehicle hit another tree and an electricity pole before turning turtle.
Inspectors Anil Rajankar (34) and Satish Mawal (38),head constables Rajendra Deshmukh (50),Anil Rewarkar (50) and Pradeep Bhujade (50) and Kale were killed. The injured constables Avinash Kokate (50),Ashok Salunkhe (48) and Vishal Harne (30) were taken to Irwin District Hospital in Amravati. Harne was discharged after treatment. Salunkhe was later shifted to Sarwade hospital in Amravati. Kokate,who suffered serious injuries,was moved to Wockhardt Hospital in Nagpur.
There are farms on either side of the Karanja-Amravati Road. Many farmers set fields on fire to clear weeds. A tree in the vicinity also caught fire and fell on the road, inspector Narayan Suryavanshi of Dhanaj police station said.
We are questioning people in Ghamal to find out who was responsible for the fire. We have lodged a complaint under Section 304 (A) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code, he added.
A ceremony was held at police headquarters in Amravati Wednesday to pay respects to the deceased. Senior police officers,MLAs Ravi Rana,Sulabha Khodke and Pravin Pote and senior district administration officials attended the ceremony.