2 more traffic cops get injured in separate incidents as authorities deliberate over their safety
While authorities continue to deliberate over the safety of policemen in the city, two more traffic policemen were injured in two separate incidents in Mumbai on Thursday.
In the first case, a constable attached with Worli police station was injured after a 17-year-old biker rammed into him at Worli Naka. The constable, Deepak Nikalje, was stationed at the spot along with a few other traffic policemen.
Around 11:30 am, the officials were stopping vehicles for a routine check when one of the bikers tried to get past them. While he was able to pass the first official, two more tried to stop him. The biker sped and managed to dodge them too, but ended up ramming his bike into Nikalje, who was standing at the back.
Following the incident, the rider was apprehended by the officials. The biker, a Worli resident, later confessed that he was trying to dodge them as he was driving without a license. Meanwhile Nikalje, who had sustained injuries on his hands and legs, was rushed to Podar hospital. He was treated and allowed to leave after a few hours.
The minor has been booked for negligent and rash driving, and is currently in police custody. His parents have been booked for negligence and for allowing him to ride without a licence. The parents have not been arrested till now.
In the second case, a 55-year-old Assistant Sub-Inspector sustained injuries when he tried to stop a helmet-less rider at Oshiwara on Thursday evening.
ASI Krishna Mandavkar was stationed at the nakabandi at Anand Nagar junction with other officials around 5:30 pm, when he spotted two men riding without helmets on a black Pulsar. Mandavkar lifted his hand and signaled them to stop, but they tried to flee. When the ASI tried to intercept them, they ended up hitting him with the bike.
Mandavkar was rushed to Cooper Hospital for his leg and back injuries while the biker and pillion rider were detained.