New Delhi May 2nd
An assistant sub-inspector of the Punjab Police was dragged on the bonnet of a car after he tried to stop the driver at a checkpoint in Jalandhar on Saturday amid the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. ASI Mulkh Raj was dragged for some distance but escaped unhurt while the car driver, Anmol Mehmi (20) was nabbed by the police and public.
Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said there is a “zero-tolerance policy” towards such acts committed against government officials deputed on curfew duty. He also warned of stern action against any individual indulging in such crimes.
“The Jalandhar Commissionerate Police has booked a youth and his father for almost running over an Ertiga car over Assistant Sub Inspector of Police, who had tried to stop him at a Naka in the city during the curfew on Saturday morning,” an official statement by the Jalandhar Police read.
When the accused was stopped by a team of policemen a check-post near Milk Bar Chowk, instead of stopping, he sped the car and broke the barrier, according to the statement. “The speeding car almost ran over Assistant sub Inspector of Police Mulkh Raj who was on duty,” it said, adding that the junior cop managed to save his life by jumping on the bonnet of the car. The accused – a college student – who was trying to flee was overpowered by policemen and public, according to the statement. His father owns a shop of electrical appliances
The incident comes close on the heels of the brutal attack on a policeman wherein his hand was chopped off by a group of Nihang Sikhs while enforcing coronavirus lockdown in Patiala.