A police constable was crushed by a dumper, reportedly carrying illegally mined sand, near Lohgarh under Noorabad police station in Morena district on Sunday.
The incident is a chilling reminder of how an IPS officer Narendra Kumar was mowed down by a tractor carrying illegally mined stones three years back.
Constable Dharmendra Chouhan was part of a police party from Noorabad Police Station that had gone to a nearby village to arrest the accused involved in a case of loot.
According to sources, police spotted the dumper and had asked the driver to stop. But the driver upon seeing police tried to escape from the spot along with the dumper. The 40-year-old constable then clung onto the door of the vehicle on the driver’s side and tried to pull him down. In the driver’s attempt to escape, the vehicle fell into a ditch and overturned trapping the constable under it, resulting in his death. The driver then managed to escape.
The constable, who joined police after retiring from Army, died on the spot. “When asked to stop, the driver should have stopped the dumper but he tried to run away,’’ Morena SP Navneet Bhaseen told The Indian Express.
After hearing about the incident, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “The guilty will not be spared.”
The dumper driver has been booked under Section 304 of the IPC.
About three years ago, the IPS officer was crushed to death after chasing a tractor, laden with illegally mined stones. The young officer had tried to get on to the tractor to get hold of the driver.
After public outcry over the alleged involvement of sand mafia in the IPS officer’s killing, the state government had ordered a CBI inquiry. According to the CBI probe there was no conspiracy behind Kumar’s death. The driver was booked for culpable homicide.
In February 2014, a special court in Indore sentenced the driver to 12 years rigorous imprisonment but the slain officer’s family was not happy with the verdict.
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