Delhi Traffic Cop bears brunt of road rage, pays with life
Manna Ram, a 24 year old Delhi traffic constable paid with his life for doing nothing but his duty. At 7.30 pm on Saturday, Ram who was manning a busy traffic diversion at Zakhara intersection near Moti Nagar along with a colleague noted a speeding cab driver in a Ritz .
Ram stopped the driver of the white Ritz, Raman Kumar, who insisted on breaking the barricade and being allowed to go ahead despite a diversion. This led to a heated exchange of words after which the errant cabbie reversed his car and raced ahead. Ram, in his attempt to stop the law breaker, jumped onto the car and held on to the windshield wipers. However, Kumar turned a blind eye and refused to slow down.
Th Ritz travelling at such high speed resulted in Ram being flung to the ground. He died after he came under the wheels and was dragged for about 150 meters before he finally fell by the side of the road. The trio fled the scene but were nabbed later. Raman Kumar has been arrested while two other minor occupants in the car have also been apprehended and sent to a juvenile remand home. Ram joined the police force just four years ago. He was the sole bread earner in his family which consisted of his aged parents, wife, infant son and a sister.
Road rage is a common occurrence on Delhi roads instigated by petty quarrels and careless attitude to law, life and limb. According to police records 10 traffic personnel have been killed in similar incidents in the past 5 years.