Unfortunately, it wasn’t yesterday.
Now imagine a James Hadley Chase (or Dan Brown, for the non-readers) novel with a fast paced jeep chase, action, thrill and drama. Now just for convenience, assume the setting to be in a city in India, say Pune. This is almost exactly what happened yesterday, with one minor difference. The cops were in hot pursuit of the robbers who had escaped after stealing … pigs ! Article here. Here are some MUST READ excerpts :
“The police force across the city was put on alert. During the chase, the suspects threw stones and the stolen pigs at the police vehicle. Meanwhile, several police vehicles joined the chase. At Nal Stop the tempo turned towards Mhatre bridge, and from Dattawadi went to Sinhagad road. The Dattawadi police had blocked the road near Rajaram bridge. But the tempo driver sped over the block and sub-inspector Ramakant Shinde of Dattawadi police station fired a round at the tempo,” Deshmukh said.
Loved the detailing. I could almost reconstruct the chase in my head !
And the final gem :
“At first the thieves pelted stones at my car, damaging its windscreen. Later, they hurled pigs towards us at Chandni Chowk, near Warje octroi post and on Sinhagad road. All the pigs died as they came under the wheels of the police vehicles. They even hit my car twice.”
Nachiket writes in about the hilarity in the Marathi version of the above news at e-sakal :
पोलिस टेंपोचा पाठलाग करीत असताना चोरट्यांनी टेंपोतून दगडांचा पोलिसांवर मारा केला. दगड संपल्यावर त्यांनी पोलिसांना डुकरे फेकून मारली. त्यात तीन डुकरे वाहनांखाली सापडून मरण पावली.
This cannot possibly be translated ! The closest I can write is : In this hurling of pigs at the police jeep, three pigs came under the wheels and ‘passed away’.
So did journalism and law enforcement.
Special thanks to Salil for bringing this article to my notice. Link separately by Nachiket.
Indiauncut notes this after Salil and I gave a tip off.
Gaurav Sabnis writes his version with some after thoughts incuded.
Since everyone was writing about it, I was getting this feeling I wouldn’t be considered a serious blogger if I did not write about this incident.