Police officers are literally putting themselves in harm’s way as they’re trying to enforce the lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A biker has been arrested after dragging a police officer 25 feet as he was trying to stop him while trying to enforce the nationwide lockdown. Khajabi Sheikh Naeem, 40, was speeding through the P.D’Mello Road stretch of the Eastern Freeway in Mumbai when a team of six cops directed him to stop.
But despite the police team’s order, Naeem increased his speed further and tried to ride away. Assistant Inspector Vijendra Dhurat managed to grab a hold of the bike’s rear handle and was dragged for over 25 feet. Ultimately Naeem lost his balance and fell from the bike along with Dhurat as the bike skidded away.
Assistant Inspector Dhurat suffered injuries to his hands, legs and shoulders, and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Naeem was arrested by the other personnel on duty at the time.
“Mr. Naeem has been charged with causing injury to a public servant on duty with an intent to prevent him from discharging his duty under the Indian Penal Code. He was produced in court later in the day, and has been remanded in police custody till Friday,” police sub-inspector Arafat Siddiqui, Dongri police station, said.
This isn’t the first time that police officers in India have been injured while trying to enforce the coronavirus lockdown. Just today, Shaikh Farookh Shaikh Kadar (52) and Shaikh Sharukh Shaikh Farookh (24), had been arrested for assaulting a police officer who was trying to enforce the lockdown in Aurangabad. Last week, two men identified as Tajuddin and Kutubuddin, who were performing stunts on their bikes, had been arrested by the Bengaluru police after they’d attacked police officers who were trying to enforce the lockdown.