Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Delhi: Cop run over by fleeing industrialist

NEW DELHI: A senior police officer from Chhattisgarh has alleged he was almost run over by an Audi car while trying to arrest a south Delhi-based industrialist in a cheating case near the Bhatti mines on Sunday. 

Vivek Shukla, Raigarh's additional superintendant of police, said the industrialist told his chauffeur to drive away when they were motioned by the Chhattisgarh police team to stop. Shukla was hit on the leg and received serious injuries. 

The industrialist has been identified as Suresh Goyal, owner of Goyal MG Gases Pvt Ltd, a Sahibabad-based company with branches across India. Goyal also reportedly owns three listed financial firms. DCP (south) H G S Dhaliwal said the city police had registered a case under sections 186 (obstructing a public servant in discharge of his duties) and 353 (assault or use of criminal force on a public servant) at the Fatehpur Beri police station. "We have conducted several raids but are yet to arrest anyone in this case," Dhaliwal said. 

Shukla said he and two other cops came to the city on Sunday morning with an arrest warrant after a tip-off that Goyal, a resident of Maharani Bagh, would be going to a farmhouse near Asola Vihar to attend a function. "The accused was contracted by a company, Ind Synergy, to create air separation gas plants at one of their oxygen manufacturing facilities in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh. Ind Synergy says the contract was not executed although the businessman was paid Rs 78 lakh as advance. A cheating case was registered in Raigarh seven months ago," Shukla said. 

Shukla said the police team decided to intercept Goyal's Audi on Asola Road in south Delhi near Bhatti mines, when the accused was returning home. "The three of us asked his driver to stop on Sunday afternoon. As we asked him to come out, the accused told his driver to continue driving although we had blocked his path. It was then that I was injured and decided to lodge a case at the local police station,'' said Shukla. 

The south Delhi police said they were trying to nab the accused. "We are conducting raids but are yet to get to even the driver. We will then examine whether the businessman himself had ordered the driver to flee from the spot,'' said a senior district officer.

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