Six-member Gurugram Police Accident Response Team (Art) re-examines black spots and hit-and-run cases to identify drivers who fled the area after colliding with motorists and pedestrians this year. Police said on Tuesday the team had solved 10 blind cases in the past 10 days.
The team, formed on March 25 in Manesar, visited the scene of the accidents and scanned images from closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to verify the cause of the accidents. Officials said they decided to start with Manesar, as the industrial area sees the greatest movement of heavy vehicles, as well as motorists and pedestrians. The exercise will begin citywide by the end of the year, police said.
Varun Singla, Deputy Police Commissioner Manesar, said officials were responsible for identifying misplaced drivers in cases where there was no lead. “We have resolved 65 out of 85 accident cases, including 10 blind cases, in the past three months. The team attended, scanned the area and interviewed daily commuters. The task is difficult, but once these cases are resolved it will reduce the number of accidents, because taking action against the drivers, who have a relaxed approach, will set an example, ”he said.
Officials said the team would reach the crash site within minutes and cordon off the area to ensure there was no manipulation on site to mislead investigators. Officers record eyewitness accounts in a document, which helps catch the suspect.
Police said the goal of forming such a team is to reduce the number of deaths on the city’s roads, identify black spots and ways to make travel safer in these places.
Commuters have alleged that accidents have repeatedly occurred at black spots and despite regular monitoring, police are unable to make the premises accident-free.
“The drivers, especially of trucks, using the section regularly, take advantage of the lack of CCTV cameras and the low police presence. They flee the scene after accidents. There have been repeated accidents by the same people, but they are not subject to any action, ”said Ram Niwas, an executive working for an auto company in Manesar, who had an accident in February this year. . He said his brother was seriously injured on the freeway on June 25, after a high-speed truck struck him from behind and fled.
Police said Art’s mandate is to undertake crime scene photographs for better prosecutions, tracing unknown cases and ensuring perpetrators are held accountable. The team will also help victims with first aid and take them to hospital if an ambulance does not reach the scene quickly. They will ensure that the investigator files the required Form 54 from MACT [Motor Accident Claim Tribunal] to help victims’ families claim insurance.
Police said that between June 21 and June 30, 10 accidents took place in the Manesar area, mostly on the highway. The injured were hospitalized and there was no clue leading to the suspects in any of the cases. The drivers had fled the scene of the crime and there were also no eyewitnesses, officials said.
In one such incident, in which a motorcyclist was seriously injured after being hit from behind, Singla said the team scanned CCTV footage of the area and recovered videos in which they had spotted the logo of a bread maker on the truck. However, they could not decipher the registration number or any other details.
The team began to deploy members to the road to intercept the truck and after 10 days they were able to locate one, after which they were able to locate the company and subsequently identify the person responsible for the incident.
Singla said the team had used a similar strategy in other cases as well and followed up with transportation and auto companies whose vehicles had been spotted in the area at the time of the crashes.
Singla said: “Tampering with evidence is a common practice, so crime scenes must be cordoned off until all evidence is collected. The team admits the victims to nearby hospitals. They interview eyewitnesses and people near the crash site.
Gurugram police commissioner KK Rao said it was a pilot project to reduce the number of accidents in the area. “The Art collects crucial details about accidents, victims, suspects, vehicles used in the crime, times and other factors to prepare a report for insurance claims. This pilot project has improved the quality of investigations and also helps the families of victims to receive justice on time, ”said Rao.
Police use Google Forms to fill in the details, after which a mapping of the area is done and action is taken to determine the causes of crashes and reduce them.
Road safety expert Sarika Panda Bhatt said the police initiative will help identify any black spots and reasons for accidents. “In this way, measures will be taken against those responsible for accidents and will prevent accidents. This can be a useful exercise if done regularly and throughout the city, instead of focusing on one area. There are various other places where the roads are not safe; there are engineering flaws and speed issues, but they are still off the police radar, ”she said, adding that despite several awareness campaigns and increased deployment, motorists are not keeping up. safe practices.