Police officer desperately clings to bootlegger’s car for 60km journey

A police officer desperately clung on for his life after jumping on to the back of a bootlegger's car for 60km (37 miles).

The cop hung onto the moving SUV in Rajkot, India after receiving a tip-off about illegal alcohol inside a car, reports the Times of India.

Early Sunday morning, just before the incident, the police officer found the parked SUV which contained bottles of Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL)

Constable Sneh Bhadarka, who works with the Rajkot crime branch said he drove to the parked car.

Upon approaching the SUV, he identified himself as a police officer and asked the driver to stop there, he says.

He said: "The driver drove the SUV in reverse, trying to run over me. In order to save myself, I jumped on to the back of the SUV and grabbed the rear door.

"The driver did not stop and drove for nearly 60km while I kept myself hanging.

He continued: "Leaving the door, I jumped into the carriage of the SUV, where IMFL bottles had been stored.

"I saw a spanner and shattered the glass on the side of the driver's seat.

"I asked the driver to stop, but he kept driving, thinking it would make me fall off the vehicle."

Once the car had reached the Karmal Pipaliya village, the driver began to drive at the side of the road and rammed the car into a tree, before running away, claims the cop.

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He left the SUV filled with 81 bottles of IMFL and 139 cans of beer, worth Rs 42, 250. (£441).

The driver had also left a driving licence in the vehicle, under the name "Ramesh Garaiya."

Police have since launched a manhunt.

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