A woman police official engaged in a vehicle checking drive near the Jharkhand capital Ranchi was mowed down on Wednesday by a pickup van allegedly involved in cattle smuggling, an officer said.
Sandhya Topno, a 32-year-old Sub Inspector of Police, was conducting the vehicle checking drive at Tupudana on the outskirts of Ranchi, when the speeding vehicle carrying cattle knocked her down and fled.
“She was immediately taken to Ranchi’s RIMS (Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences). She succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital,” Tupudana police station in charge Kanhaiya Singh told PTI.
Ranchi City SP Anshuman Kumar said that prima facie the matter seems to be a case of cattle smuggling.
“One person has been detained. The police are in search of others. Investigations are on,” he said. An eye-witness said that the SI raised her hand from a distance to stop the pickup van but the driver ran her over.
The incident occurred a day after a deputy superintendent of police probing illegal mining was killed in Haryana’s Nuh district when a truck he had signalled to stop drove into him.
Meanwhile, the incident resulted in a war of words between Jharkhand’s main opposition BJP and the ruling coalition partner Congress.
Police constable run over by truck in Gujarat
A police constable on vehicle- checking duty died after being run over by a truck in Gujarat’s Anand district early Wednesday morning, an official said.
A container truck mowed down constable Karansinh Raj (40) around 1 am on a highway near Borsad town, he said.
“The constable was grievously injured. He was taken to a hospital where he died around 11.30 am,” said deputy Superintendent of Police D H Desai.
The driver left the truck at the spot and ran away, and efforts were on to nab him, the official said, adding that the truck was not found to be carrying any suspicious cargo. Constable Raj was attached to the Borsad town police station and carrying out vehicle checking at the time of the incident. When he tried to wave down the container truck, it did not stop.
“The constable and a Gram Rakshak Dal jawan accompanying him chased the truck for a few kilometres in a private vehicle and overtook it, Desai said.
“Raj got down and signalled the truck driver to stop. Instead of stopping, the truck ran over him,” Desai said.
The truck driver has been identified, he said.