Monday, September 18, 2017

Speeding car with security man on bonnet triggers panic at IGIA, cabbie held

New Delhi: The security agencies at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) were thrown in a tizzy on Sunday, after a rashly driven Swift Dzire car, with a DIAL security person clinging to its bonnet, was spotted outside the departure terminal.

Amid high drama, a Quick Response Team (QRT) of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF's ) chased and intercepted the vehicle. The security officer on the bonnet survived with minor injuries and the driver was arrested. It was later revealed that the accused driver, identified as Dev Narayan Singh, a resident of Sangam Vihar in southeast Delhi, had hit the security personnel by mistake, and panicking, had driven on.

The bizarre incident triggered panic related to vehicular terrorism, as frequent such cases involving vehicles have been reported all over the world in the recent past.

The incident was reported at 4.11 pm. Arun Kumar, an officer with DIAL's private security firm Raxa, spotted a Swift Dzire taxi, even though not authorised, trying to pick up customers from the airport. Kumar asked the driver to park in a corner.

"Afraid of being handed over to the police, instead of stopping, the driver accelerated and rammed the car into Kumar, who jumped up on the bonnet to save himself. As the car was in motion, Kumar held on to the wipers to avoid falling off it," a senior CISF officer said.

Seeing this, a QRT deployed nearby instantly flashed a message about the white-colour car headed towards the exit from the departure terminal opposite gate number 7, and started chasing the vehicle.

"Seeing armed commandos behind him and realising that there was no way to escape, the driver stopped the car and Kumar fell off. Commandos pulled the driver out and frisked him, following which police were called," the officer said.

Inquiry revealed that errant driver Singh worked for taxi aggregator Ola. "He revealed that he was trying to escape after being flagged by Kumar and unintentionally hit him. He was handed over to the Delhi police. Kumar was taken for treatment," the officer added.
18/09/17 Anvut Srivastava/DNA