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Old 12th April 2006, 12:31   #1
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I saw the pics in the newspaper today morning. The car is also badly smashed up. Apparently the Enfield was dragged for about 70 meters when the esteem hit it on the flyover.
http://cities.expressindia.com/fulls...?newsid=177651

New Delhi, April 11: A Delhi Police constable died on the spot when a car hit his motorcycle on the Outer Ring Road early today. constable Namdev, 37, hailed from Maharashtra and was posted at the Pul Prahaladpur police post at Sangam Vihar.

According to the police, Namdev was returning from the post to the Sangam Vihar police Station around 1.30 am on Tuesday, when he was hit by a Maruti Esteem and was dragged along with the vehicle for about 50 metre near Panchsheel Park S-block.

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He sustained serious injuries on his head and knees. Namdev was rushed to

Safdarjung Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The Maruti Esteem was being driven by Gagan Thukral, a bank employee . Thukral was arrested from the spot. He lives on the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus and his father is an IIT employee.

A case of rash and negligent driving has been registered against him, and his car (DL5CC 8185) has been impounded.
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Real bad for the constable .... The esteem guy was supposedly returning drunk from a late night party at a friends place.

Now lets see how the cops resolve this case, when the victim is one of their own.
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First the scorpio case in bangalore.. now delhi... The case in bangalore is apparently not yet solved.. They have a suspected scorpio with them but they are having a hard time proving it..

Condolonces to the Cop and his family.
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Real bad for the constable .... The esteem guy was supposedly returning drunk from a late night party at a friends place.
Now lets see how the cops resolve this case, when the victim is one of their own.
^^^Yeah its unfortunate such incidents happen... on the flipside lets see what the men in uniform do to tackle this offender.
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The newpaper report said that the handle bar of the bike got entangled in the wheel of the esteem thus preventing the accused from fleeing this also dragged the constable. but this chirag delhi flyover is anyway accident prone zone. I can't recall the details but there was an accident on this stretch before too a car flipping over and what not.
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Sad incident.

But, this again throws up the question of our laws.

Case 1: Guy crashed his bike trying to avoid a cyclist who was at fault. But the rider, who suffered greater injuries as well as more damage to his bike is arrested and charged for rash driving.

Case 2: Car knocks down a person and drags him causing his death. The driver gets charged under exactly the same infringement.

Don't our lawmakers see a friggin difference here?!?
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rash and negligent driving , 'amounting to death' should be more apropriate in the second case . i believe the law exists too.
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Yes our motor vehicles law is really sad. If you kill someone and are charged with rash driving you can go to jail for 2 years. If you dont kill anyone then also you can go to Jail for 2 years. As for lawmakers they dont care two hoots. If any of them get caught in such a situation they know there will be no case.
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. but this chirag delhi flyover is anyway accident prone zone. I can't recall the details but there was an accident on this stretch before too a car flipping over and what not.
You are correct about the Chirag Delhi flyover incident - Nov 2000, drunk schoolboy at the wheels, decided at the last minute to take the service road instead of climbing the flyover - young girl in the car died after the car skidded at high speed, hit the pavement and toppled.

This one on Tuesday happened on the Panchsheel flyover though....sincere condolences to his family. Poor guy, had no inkling of what was to happen

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Lets look at it this way. If the Esteem guy was not drunk and driving properly and the accident happened because of wrong riding by the cop, who would be held responsible? The car because it's a bigger vehicle, right? What kind of idiots make laws like that? So what if he is a cop and/or riding a bike. If he caused the accident, the Esteem guy should be let off. High time the government realised that traffic management is a science. Rather, high time the government realised that traffic needs to be managed.

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He sustained serious injuries on his head
Looks like he wasn't wearing a helmet.

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Looks like he wasn't wearing a helmet.
In chennai, I have seen cops saluting other cop officers riding without helmets, jumping red lights and taking all the wrong turns.

they need to understand that they are just cops, they are not accident proof.

condolences to the family. wish everybody is aware of consequences of dangerous driving practices before it happens to them.
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Sad to hear about deaths like this..

But its always the bike/car whatever that knocks the cop down that gets into trouble. God knows in which condition the cops are, and first of all they don't themselves follow the law strictly.

There was a case sometme back of a police van running over a biker over here, and as far as i know no case or anything was made against the driver of the van. Same thing goes with RTC bus drivers. Its like they don't have to worry as long as they are govt employees.
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i offer sincere condolences to the deceased cop. but yes, who knows he might be at a fault.
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