A 40-year-old drunk man stopped the governor in his tracks on Monday afternoon.
Jayanta Ganguly, a driver in a Sector V BPO, jumped in front of Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s car at Ballygunge Phari around 1.10pm, moments after the pilot car and the constable accompanying the convoy on a motorcycle passed through.
The governor was returning to Raj Bhavan after attending the Jadavpur University convocation.
He was held up for a minute before the policemen reacted and dragged Ganguly away. It later emerged that the driver’s night shift had ended at 8.30am and he had started drinking right away.
Police are in the dark about how Ganguly landed up at Ballygunge Phari from Sector V and if he had a motive behind coming in the governor’s way. Till late on Monday, Ganguly was not in a position to answer questions.
“Nobody saw him running to the middle of the road. He tried to sit down in front of the governor’s car after the pilot vehicle and the sergeant accompanying the convoy had passed through,” said an officer of Gariahat police station.
“The governor’s driver slammed the brakes. If he wasn’t alert, the man would have been run over. Ganguly was completely drunk,” added the officer.
The sergeant accompanying the convoy immediately alerted Gariahat police station. Ganguly was taken there for interrogation.
“He was arrested under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (attempt to commit suicide), a bailable offence,” said Dulal Chakraborty, the officer-in-charge of the police station.
The cops found out that Ganguly, who dropped out of school in Class X, lives with his wife in Baishnabghata, Patuli.
His wife said he has been depressed over not being able to land a good job.
“We called up his office and found that Ganguly had been on night duty yesterday. It seems that he had been drinking for a long time,” said the investigating officer.
From the police station, the officers took Ganguly to National Medical College and Hospital, where he was treated for a minor injury on his chin.
“The doctors gave him medicines to make him come to his senses. He was then taken to the Lalbazar central lock-up,” added the officer.
Last year, a rickshaw-puller had came in the way of Gandhi’s convoy in Park Circus. The governor saw a policeman thrash the rickshaw-puller for the breach and stopped his car.
Gandhi had invited the rickshaw-puller to Raj Bhavan and offered him money.