Shillong, Aug. 6: Three Meghalaya policemen were injured when their vehicle skidded off the road before turning turtle along the Assam-Meghalaya border prior to entering the Garo hills region.
The policemen were in a Tata Sumo which was requisitioned to escort Mendipathar legislator Marthon Sangma, who was on his way to his home constituency in North Garo Hills district from the state capital.
The NCP legislator had left here around 12.30pm. The accident took place around 4pm.
Speaking to this correspondent, Sangma said on reaching a spot near Chaigaon in Assam’s Kamrup district, the vehicle skidded off the road before turning turtle at least thrice.
He said the personnel were thrown off the vehicle. One of them suffered serious head injuries.
“My vehicle was travelling behind the police car. As one of the police personnel was lying on the road, my driver had to swerve the vehicle and it landed on marshy ground,” Sangma, who escaped unhurt, said.
According to Sangma, the injured have been identified as Vinay Kumar Singh, Lumlang Myrthong and M. Sangma.
All of them have been shifted to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). The condition of M. Sangma who suffered head injuries, is critical, the legislator said.
The legislator expressed dismay that police had chosen a Tata Sumo vehicle, instead of the customary Maruti Gypsy, to escort him.
“Drivers of these vehicles who are not police personnel are inexperienced as far as performing VIP duty is concerned. The police department should look into this and provide us with better vehicles and experienced drivers,” the legislator said.