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Traffic cop critical in truck hit-and-run

The rear end of traffic sergeant Jewel Saha’s Royal Enfield Bullet crumpled in the accident on Friday. Picture by Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya

A speeding mini-truck critically injured a traffic sergeant on patrol in Garden Reach on Friday morning as it hit his bike from behind, threw him up in the air and dragged him several feet after his hand got stuck in the broken windshield.

Sergeant Jewel Saha of South-West Traffic Guard has been admitted to Calcutta Medical Research Institute on Diamond Harbour Road with critical head, neck and limb injuries. Doctors said a CT scan has revealed brain haemorrhage and he underwent surgery in the evening.

Sub-inspector Sandip Kumar Shaw of West Port police station, who had hailed a taxi and took the injured officer to the hospital, said: “Jewel and I got a biker admitted to a nursing home after an accident on the Circular Garden Reach Road. After the formalities, Jewel went out to resume his patrol while I stayed back with a colleague. We were chatting outside the nursing home when a loud thud and a shrill cry caught our attention. I saw Jewel lying on the road, bleeding profusely.”

An officer at West Port police station said the mini-truck driver hit the sergeant at 11am on Circular Garden Reach Road while trying to overtake a mini-bus. “The loaded truck raced past a mini-bus, only to ram into the sergeant’s bike which was right in front.”

The motorcycle skidded on impact and came under a trailer parked on the roadside.

Jawaharlal Bind, a passer-by who saw the accident, said the mini-truck hit the bike’s toolbox and tossed Saha in the air.

“The sergeant fell on the windshield but his hand got stuck in it. The driver didn’t slam the brakes but dragged the officer for about 50m. He somehow freed his hand while the truck sped away.”

Police found the mini-truck abandoned at a nearby bylane. An attempt to murder case has been lodged against the absconding driver.

Saha of Krishnagar had joined Calcutta police in May 2010. The 30-year-old has been attached to South-West Traffic Guard from the beginning of his career.

Saha’s family rushed to CMRI after “someone from the traffic guard alerted us about the accident”.

A hospital source said: “He sustained brain injury and haemorrhage since his head crashed into the truck’s windshield at great force.”

Saha is the sole earner in the family comprising his parents, wife and two siblings.