Four arrested for nearly running police officer down

June 21st, 2008 - 7:18 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Bahujan Samaj Party

Lucknow, June 21 (IANS) Four youths were arrested because they sped away in their car despite being flagged down by the police, brushing past an Indian Police Service (IPS) probationer in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow. One of them claimed to be a relative of a legislator of the state’s ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), but he turned out to be a family friend of the lawmaker.

Circle Officer of Gomtinagar S.C. Dubey, who is an IPS officer under training, escaped unhurt late Friday night when the car brushed past him in Lucknow’s upmarket Gomtinagar area.

“None of them is a relative of Ghoora Ram, a BSP lawmaker from Ballia district in eastern Uttar Pradesh, as was claimed by one of the youths. Ram told us he is only a family friend,” Dubey told IANS.

Vishwajeet Singh, who claimed to be the legislator’s relative and three others, Himanshu Singh, Mayank Pandey and Vinay Kalwani, drove out from the Wave multiplex in a black Maruti Swift car, bearing a BSP Flag, around 10 p.m. Friday.

“Since the car windows had dark tinted glasses, which is not permissible, we signalled them to stop. Instead, they increased the speed and we had a narrow escape,” Dubey said. But the police caught them after a brief chase.

“All of them were in an inebriated state and Singh started misbehaving with us. I also talked to the legislator on phone and he clarified everything,” he said.

They were arrested and their vehicle seized. During questioning, they told the police that they had gone to a party at Wave multiplex.

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