In a recent hit and run incident involving a traffic police constable that occurred in Udaipur, Rajasthan Police has arrested the culprit behind the scene. The case is regarding an incident that took place on August 29, 2021, in the Saheliyon Ki Bari area in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
In this hit-and-run incident, a traffic constable named Satyaveer tried to stop a white-coloured Hyundai Verna, the driver of which violated the traffic rule. However, instead of stopping the car, the driver, identified as Jethapuri Goswami, increased the car speed. The constable tried to stop the car by jumping on its bonnet. However, even then, the car driver didn’t stop, and instead, continued to drive the car. After driving for around 500 meters, the car driver slowed down a bit, and to save his own life, the traffic constable jumped from the bonnet.
Following this incident, the car driver had fled to a nearby village called Gogunda. However, he was nabbed a day after from the Sukher area located on the outskirts of Udaipur. Along with the accused driver, the police have also recovered the Hyundai Verna involved in the accident. The accused, who is a resident from Rajendra Nagar in the Pali district of Rajasthan, was alone in the car when this incident had happened. He was also arrested in the past under the PETA act relating to another case. Thankfully, the traffic constable hasn’t been injured in this life-threatening incident.
Hit-and-run incident: A gruesome crime
Like all the other road rage cases, a case of hit-and-run is considered to be a serious offence and can be life-threatening in some cases. The hit-and-run offence is punishable under the Motor Vehicles Act of India, with sections 279, 304A and 338 of IPC imposable on the accused.
If a person is driving rashly on a public road and injures another person on the road, he is liable for imprisonment for 6 months or a fine of Rs 1000 or both, under section 279. This is considered to be a bail-able offence, though. However, if the person hit by the accused dies, the driver is imposed with punishment under section 304A.
This is a non-bail-able offence, in which the accused can be imposed with imprisonment of up to 2 years or a fine of Rs 1000 or both. In rare circumstances, the accused can be even punished under Section 302, in which the accused is charged with the offence of murder and can be punished with life imprisonment or death sentence.