A 22-year-old rickshaw driver has been detained by the police for allegedly ramming into an on-duty traffic cop, severely injuring him.
The incident happened at Wadala-Chembur Link Road (WCLR) on Sunday afternoon, said the police. Sukdev Karad, 55, who is placed at Antop Hill traffic division as sub-inspector of police, was on-duty at WCLR for traffic management when at around 12.30 in the afternoon, he noticed the accused and his autorickshaw coming towards Ahuja Bridge at WCLR, north bound which is restricted for vehicles - wrong direction driving as per traffic rules.
Karad tried to indicate to him to go back as it was the wrong direction yet, he said, the accused, Vakas Tayyabali Shaha, 22, continued to drive towards his (Karad's) direction and as Karad stood erect at the spot so Shaha do not proceed further, Shaha rammed his auto on Karad.
Shaha fled from the spot
Shaha then flew away from the spot, while Karad fell down on the ground. His colleagues immediately took him to treatment, and on the same day, Karad registered a case against Shaha at Wadala TT police station.
Karad remembered the number plate of Shaha's auto which helped the cops to trace him. He was detained on Monday and placed in custody. "The procedure for arresting him is on," said a police official on Monday evening.
A case has been registered against Shaha under sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act.