A Maharashtra Police’s sub-inspector (SI) was crushed to death allegedly by liquor smugglers in Chandrapur district on Tuesday morning, said police. The victim, identified as Chhatrapati Chide — SI to the Nagbhid police station, succumbed to his injuries.
According to the police, Chide and four other police personnel were conducting a routine check on vehicles against illegal transportation of liquor on the Gosikhurd canal road near Maushi-Chorgao village around 8am. The official at Nagbhid police station said that they spotted a sport utility vehicle (SUV) heading towards Brahmapuri town — around about 110 kms. When they tried to stop it, the driver took a reverse turn and allegedly crushed Chide under the vehicle’s rear wheels before speeding away.
Soon after the incident, Chide was rushed to a hospital in Bramhapuri where he succumbed to his injuries. Briefing more about it, Chandrapur’s Superintendent of Police Maheshwar Reddy said, as quoted by Indian Express, “Our team was on a regular anti-liquor drive in the morning hours when the incident occurred.” He added that the search for the driver and the SUV is on.
It is to be known that Gosikhurd canal road was being used by the liquor mafia for illegal transportation of liquor to Chandrapur district where its sale and manufacture is banned. Along with Chandrapur and Wardha, Gadchiroli have also been declared ‘dry’ districts by the state government.