Pune: Passers-by watched in horror as a Maruti Zen veered around Pune University with a Crime Branch policeman hanging precariously on its bonnet on Saturday evening. At its wheel was a criminal on police record, Deepak Soni, who has a cheating case registered against him. The 10-minute horror incident has also been captured by CCTV cameras.
Police Naik Hemant Kharat, posted with Crime Branch Unit 4, was dragged by the car for about 1.5 km after he was hit near the foothill of the Chatuhshrungi Temple on Senapati Bapat Road.
Kharat managed to jump from the car when it slowed down near the Centre for Police Research (CPR) at Pashan. He has sustained injuries on his hand and legs. The accused meanwhile fled towards Pashan.
Now, Kharat has lodged a complaint with the Chatuhshrungi police, which has charged Soni for various offences including attempt to murder. According to the FIR, the incident took place from 5.10 pm to 5.20 pm on Saturday. Plainclothes sleuths from the Crime Branch had laid a trap near Chatuhshrungi Temple after they had received an input that Soni was coming to the area in a car at around 5 pm.
Assistant Police Inspector Dattatray Shinde, who is investigating the case, said, “When the policemen saw his car, a policeman showed his identity card and asked the occupants to roll down the windowpanes. Kharat was standing in front of the car. Suddenly, the driver, who is suspected to be Soni, drove the car at high speed. Kharat was hit and fell on the bonnet. Investigations are on to nab the accused persons.”
The FIR has been registered against the accused for offences under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (assault or use of criminal force on public servant), 332 (causing hurt to public servant) of the Indian Penal Code and section 184 (driving dangerously) of the Motor Vehicle Act.