When the collector’s police bodyguard tried to stop the truck by entering the driver’s cabin, its driver sped up, in the process dragging him – hanging from the side of the vehicle – for almost a kilometre.
Based on the complaint lodged by Beed collector Deepa Mudhol-Munde‘s police bodyguard, a case of attempt to murder has been registered against the accused, identified as Prakash Sudhakar Kokre, a 27-year-old resident of Bagpimpalgaon in Gevrai tehsil.
Mudhol-Munde told TOI: “After wrapping up the kharif sowing meeting in Mumbai, I reached the Aurangabad railway station at 1.45am on Friday. I started for Beed in my official car at 2am. While crossing Gevrai around 3.15am, I spotted a numberless sand-laden vehicle. My team turned on my car’s siren and lamp and started chasing the vehicle.”
She added, “We managed to speed past the truck and tried to stop it. But the truck driver did not stop and tried to run us over.” The collector’s car continued chasing the truck for several kilometres even as it went towards the Ahmednagar highway.
Later, the truck took a turn towards a village and, to stop the Mudhol-Munde‘s car from chasing it, dumped half the sand on the road. The collector’s car got stuck in the sand.
The truck driver then slowed down to check if the collector’s car was still tailing him. Mudhol-Munde’s bodyguard ran towards the truck and tried to climb into the truck’s cabin from the driver’s side. On seeing this, the truck driver sped up his vehicle. With the bodyguard hanging from the side, he drove on for almost a kilometre. The policeman eventually fell and the truck sped away.
Meanwhile, the collector placed a call to superintendent of police Nandkumar Thakur, who immediately rushed police teams to the spot. With the help of local residents, Mudhol-Munde’s car was pulled out of the sand.
Thakur said, “We are investigating the case from all the angels. The driver has been arrested and we are also looking for the person with whom the driver was in touch while trying to flee.”