Telangana: Octopus commandos injured in mock drill

4 in hospital but out of danger, driver said to be critical.

Hyderabad: Five TS police personnel deputed to the elite commando force Octopus (Organisation for Counter-Terrorist Operations) sustained injuries during a mock drill at Adibatla on Tuesday.

The incident happened when two teams — one playing terrorists and the other cops — were performing the drill. In a chase as part of the exercise, the speeding car of the terrorist team ram-med the other vehicle, leaving five personnel injured. Four of them were said to be out of danger, the condition of the fifth was critical and was under observation. They were all admitted to Kamineni Hospital at LB Nagar.

Adibatla police registered a case under charges of causing injuries due to rash driving and started a probe. Octopus too has ordered a high-level inquiry.
The theme on Tuesday was to nab terror suspects on the run. A team of personnel boarded a mini bus as police, while the other team of ‘terrorists’ boarded a car.

The mini bus was chasing the car and both vehicles were speeding on the Adibatla-Tukkuguda stretch. When they reached near Aerocity, the bus overtook the car and stopped, blocking the car. Though the car driver applied the brake, he lost control and the vehicle hit the bus.

Car driver Ramavath Lakpathi Nayak, 45, sustained severe injuries on both sides of the ribs and also abdomen. Chennakesavulu, 31, suffered a hip dislocation and underwent surgery.

The others — Suresh D. 32, Tagore Bhavani Singh, 31, and Shekhar, 33, — suffered minor injuries, said hospital sources. “While Mr Nayak’s condition is critical and he is under observation, the others are out of danger,” said Kamineni Hospital superintendent Dr Prasad Rao.

A complaint from Octopus officials was registered at Adibatla police station and a probe was under way.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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