The deceased have been identified as driver Maxwell, SI Avinash, 29, of Basavakalyan in Bidar district, and constable Anil Mulik, 26, of Chikkalakere, Jamakhandi in Bagalkot district. tnn
Cops were on spl duty to nab drug-case suspects
Two more cops – SI Dikshith L and constable Sharanabasava – have sustained severe injuries.
Bengaluru police said the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a steel barrier on the road before it toppled.
Deputy commissioner of police (east) Bheemashankar S Guled said: “The accident occurred around 4am. A team of officers travelling between Chittoor and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh in a Toyota Innova Crysta vehicle met with an accident. The injured were shifted to Chittoor government hospital and are said to be out of danger. They were subsequently shifted to CMC Hospital, Vellore, for further treatment.”
The Shivajinagar police personnel were deputed on special duty to nab suspects in a drug-peddling case, based on a tip-off about the suspects’ movements in areas between Bengaluru and Chittoor.
“The officers were travelling in a private vehicle as it was a special operation. Preliminary information suggests that the accident occurred due to a steel barrier on the highway at Puthalapattu village, Chittoor district,” Guled said.
He added that family members of the deceased and injured have been informed and all possible assistance and support are being extended to the families. Police have sent Pulikeshinagar sub-division ACP Abdul Khader and KGF sub-division deputy superintendent of police Ramesh to Chittoor to handle the situation and assist the family members of the deceased and injured.
Bodies have been sent to their hometowns after postmortem. The injured persons will be shifted to hospitals in Bengaluru soon.
The Karnataka government extended support to the bereaved families, while senior officers from Bengaluru city police department. along with local district SPs of Bidar and Bagalkot will be attending the state funeral in honour of the deceased officers. Their deaths are being treated as “laying down lives in the line of duty”.
According to sources, Shivajinagar police had received credible information that a person named Syed Tousif of Yarabnagar in south Bengaluru would come to Shivajinagar to sell ganja on Saturday. Police took up a case of drug-peddling and learned that the suspects are moving in Andhra Pradesh. So the special team was rushed to arrest the peddlers.