Man rams car into police picket after falling asleep, kills constable

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New Delhi, May 1 (PTI) A 42-year-old man allegedly rammed his car into a police picket killing a constable in southwest Delhi's Vasant Vihar area early on Saturday morning, officials said.

The accident took place around 4 am at Al-Kauser picket when the accused, Samit Yadav, dozed off while he was returning from a hospital after attending to his COVID-19 positive wife, police said.

The deceased constable was identified as Munshi Lal, 57, they said.

'The offending vehicle, Honda CRV, rammed into the picket tent that was erected for staff to ensure lockdown and dragged Lal for 30 to 40 meters,' Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest) Ingit Pratap Singh said.

The constable was rushed to AIIMS trauma center where he died during the course of treatment, he said.

Yadav, a resident of Munirka, who works in IT sector, was apprehended from the spot, police said.

He told police that he felt asleep while returning from Max Hospital, Gurgaon, to attend to his wife, the DCP said.

Yadav was taken to Vasant Vihar police station and given a PPE kit and isolated in police station premises. His medical test will be conducted soon, police said, adding a case has been registered under relevant sections of law and investigation is underway.

Lal, an ex-serviceman, was posted in Vasant Vihar police station since August 28, 2020, police said. PTI NIT NIT AQS AQS