The driver of HRD minister Geetashree Oraon’s escort vehicle, which mowed down a child on Wednesday in Ranchi’s Pundag, was on Thursday forwarded to Birsa Munda central jail.
Ramdas Tigga, who had been driving the SUV that hit the bike of constable Sanjoy Kumar Roy and killed his son Sujal, a UKG student of DAV Ashok Nagar, was also brought by the police to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for a blood test to check if he had been drunk.
The test did not take place.
RIMS director Tulsi Mahto told The Telegraph that they had “no facility at the hospital to ascertain the presence of liquor by testing a blood sample.” “We usually refer these cases to the state forensic testing lab,” he added.
Though this showed up an embarrassing amount of ignorance on the part of the police, it also showed their will to be sincere.
Though a liquor bottle was found inside the car, a breathalyser test on Wednesday could not confirm if driver Tigga was inebriated, SP (city) Manoj Ratan said. “The breathalyser reported negative on Wednesday, which is why we decided to get Tigga’s blood sample examined at the pathological lab to doubly check if the driver had consumed liquor,” SP (city) Ratan added.
Though the blood test did not happen, Ratan added that the driver would be produced before court. “We have charged him under section 304A of the Indian Penal Code,” he said. The section refers to causing death by negligence.
On the quantum of punishment in this case, the SP (city) added there was provision for two years in jail, a fine of Rs 2,000 or both.