GURUGRAM: The death of a on Tuesday has brought into sharp focus the risks government run in carrying out their responsibilities.
Whether they are officials from the department of town and country planning, land revenue officers or traffic cops, these men and women work in the knowledge that danger lurks at every corner. They are often left to fend for themselves, for little reward.
Towards the end of May, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, in a massive drive, was able to clear seven acres of encroached land in the Aravali Biodiversity Park.
The team arrived well prepared, accompanied by around 400 cops and with riot control vehicles at the ready. But not all such operations are as smooth or successful.
In the same month, an team that had gone to Sheetla Mata colony to raze illegal structures falling within the 300m radius of the IAF ammunition depot, came under attack from local people.
Mohan Singh, the district town planner who was supervising the drive, fractured his right arm while trying to escape from the mob, while two other members of the team received minor injuries. There were 500 cops assigned to protect the team but, Singh said later, the did little to save them.
Meanwhile, early on a January morning, a special police officer was run over by a speeding SUV while patrolling the Old Delhi-Gurugram Road in Palam Vihar.