We have seen motivated attacks on vehicles in the past. But this incident from Ranchi, Jharkhand seems to have no motive as a person stands in the middle of the road and attacks passing vehicles. Here is what happened.
The incident is reported by Prateek Singh who received information from Vishwajeet Suman who was passing by the road. The footage is recorded on the dashboard camera of the car. The footage shows a relative empty two-lane road in the city. In the video, we can see that a WagonR stops suddenly on the road. To avoid the collision with the WagonR, Vishwajeet turns and goes to the opposite lane.
However, he sees a man dressed in black clothes waving a spade in the air and trying to hit the vehicles. He walks towards the vehicles as we can see other vehicles go in reverse to avoid the attack. However, Vishwajeet gets stuck in front of a mini truck and could not go in reverse.
The man hits the window of the car twice with the spade. In the second attempt, the window on the co-driver’s side breaks into pieces. That’s when Vishwajeet holds the pedal against the floor and escapes any further attacks. He parks the vehicle on the side of the road while his rear camera records another incident.
Attack on biker
The rear camera of the car shows another attack. While the man was trying to hit almost all the vehicles passing through that spot, many others take a U-turn to avoid any direct contact. However, a VW Polo driver sees the man at the last minute and applied the brakes. A biker who was behind the Polo could not apply the brakes in time and hit the car to fall down.
While the VW Polo left the spot as soon as he saw that the attacker was distracted, the biker got up on his own and started limping. He picked up the bike and the attacker then swung the spade at him. The biker almost got hit by the spade and the locals join in to stop the violence.
Vishwajit meanwhile called the police and reported the incident. The police arrived at the spot after some time to detain the attacker. We are not sure if the police have registered a case against the attacker or have released him.
Such attacks are not common in India but this incident definitely shows the importance of having a dashboard camera in the car.