Sanjeev Trehan (better known as Singham uncle), the self-styled traffic volunteer from Shipra Sun City was attacked by an unruly driver while on duty near the Shipra underpass in Indirapuram on Wednesday evening.
The incident left Trehan with a cut on the back of his head and hearing loss in the left ear.
According to Trehan, he was attacked by an unruly driver who was speeding, trying to overtake other vehicles and cut into the vehicle queue ahead of his turn.
Trehan has been actively serving as traffic guard at this underpass since 2006. He generally stands there from 9 to 11 in the morning and from 7 to 9 in the evening, the peak traffic hours of a day.
Trehan was at the Noida side of the underpass at the time of the incident as that area sees heavy traffic in the evening from the commercial areas of Noida Sector 62.
“It was around 7.30 pm and I was manning the traffic as usual. A white Maruti Alto suddenly sped in and tried to overtake other vehicles and cut into the queue. I tried to stop the vehicle there but instead of stopping, the driver intimidated me as if he wanted to run me over. The man was in his mid-twenties and was with his wife. He used foul language first and after sometime came out and started hitting me. He picked up a brick from nearby and hit me on the head,” Trehan said.
Trehan was rescued by passers-by and locals who also nabbed the assailant and handed him over to the police. He was taken to the Noida District Hospital in Sector 30, Noida by the police.
Trehan is also an active member of the Citizen Volunteer Force (CVF), a residents unit initiated by the Ghaziabad police.
The incident has left fellow members and residents worried. “Trehan has been a very active member of CVF and his role in voluntary service is ideal. It is unfortunate that such an incident has taken place with him,” Alok Kumar, president of FedAoA, Ghaziabad and CVF volunteer.
As the news spread, demands poured in for the assailant to be taken to task. “I see him at the very location most of the time while going to and returning from office. Can’t imagine this happened. The culprit must be punished,” said Smith Sharma, an Indirapuram resident.
However, given his nature, Trehan has decided to forgive his assailant and provide him a second chance.
A complaint in this regard has also been lodged at the Sector 58 police station in Noida.
“We have received a complaint in this regard. From what we have learned so far, the assailant attacked Trehan in an act of rage. Trehan told us that he has chosen to forgive the attacker provided he pays for all the expenses for his treatment,” said Anil Pratap Singh, SO of Sector 58 police station.
“The person has asked for forgiveness and I have decided to forgive him but he has to pay the expenses for my treatment,” Trehan told City Spidey.