Three policemen died while on election duty in a road accident in Tiruvannamalai

Three policemen died while on election duty in a road accident in Tiruvannamalai

Three police personnel, including an Assistant Commander of the Central Reserve Police Force from Karnataka, who were on poll duty, died in a road accident after the jeep they were traveling in collided with a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) bus on the bypass near Kilpinathur town In Tiruvannamalai on Thursday. April 11, 2024) pm.

The deceased have been identified as K. Prabhakara (55), Assistant Commandant (CRPF), Karnataka, S. Dinesh (29), a constable attached to the Armed Reserve (AR) Wing of Salem Police, and N. Vittal (35 years old). Central Reserve Police Force militants. Mr. Prabhakara and Mr. Dinesh died on the spot while Vittal succumbed to his injuries later at the Government Medical College Hospital in Tiruvannamalai town. Deputy Commandant (CRPF) S Hemanth Kumar (42) and P Jayakumar (37) of Salem Police were injured in the accident.

The police said that preliminary investigation revealed that eight companies of the Karnataka CRPF battalion were sent for election duty in Salem district comprising Salem, Krishnagiri, Namakkal, Dharmapuri and surrounding areas under the command of its Deputy Commander Mr. Hemanth Kumar on March 31.

As part of the routine inspection of police personnel, who were on polling duties in these areas, Mr. Hemanth Kumar, who was stationed in Salem, inspected a CRPF company in Dharmapuri led by Mr. Prabhakara on Thursday. Mr. Hemant Kumar was accompanied by his gunmen, Mr. Vittal, a policeman, Mr. Dinesh, who drove the jeep, and Mr. Jayakumar of Salem police.

After the inspection, the police said that all the five police personnel visited Kancheepuram to worship at a few temples there. On their return to Salem late in the evening, Dinesh was driving the car on the bypass road towards Tiruvannamalai town when he suddenly lost control of the car near a sharp bend and collided with the government bus which was coming from Tiruvannamalai town and was heading towards Chennai. . The accident damaged the bus’s windshield, and the passengers survived with minor injuries.

Immediately, passers-by and other motorists rescued the injured. They also informed Kilpinathur police and 108 ambulances. The injured were taken to the government hospital in Tiruvannamalai.

Superintendent of Police (Tiruvannamalai) K. Karthikeyan inspects the accident scene. The case has been registered. On Friday, collector D. Bhaskara Pandian and SP Mr. Karthikeyan paid tribute to the bodies of the victims kept at the AR parade ground in Tiruvannamalai town.

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