Truck driver who nearly ran over traffic top cop held
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A day after the Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic, Southern Range) Prem Nath were nearly mowed down by a speeding truck on DND Flyway, the errant driver has been arrested. Asab Khan, resident of Karahri village in Mewat, decided to speed away when the senior traffic police officers approached the vehicle to question the driver on point of origin on Tuesday.
The Joint CP and other traffic officers were inspecting the roads affected due to the ongoing repair work on the Kalindi Kunj bridge. One carriageway of the bridge has been closed for traffic, leading on congestion on DND Flyway, Ring Road and adjacent roads.
The officers, who were on the Flyway around 8.30 pm, found that several trucks were entering Delhi well ahead of the scheduled entry time, which is after 10 pm.
"We asked the truck to stop, but suddenly the driver accelerated and as I stood about 10 feet from the truck. It nearly knocked me down. I jumped to my left and the DCP caught my arm and pulled me towards him. I escaped being run over by a few metres," Garg said.
"The operator, Ravinder, who was behind me rolled over on the road and escaped being crushed under the wheels," he said.
Two police vehicles chased the truck, but the driver managed to speed away. Khan was arrested from North Delhi on Wednesday evening.
Police sources said Khan appears to be a member of the sand mafia. They said he fled from the spot after seeing senior officers in uniform checking the trucks.
Sources said Khan stopped as he thought that he would get away with a challan being issued in his name, but when the senior officers stopped him, he got scared.
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