Asha Dass who was struck by a police vehicle on Monday at her Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore home with her husband Rishi Dass. (Image by Kristian De Silva)

Wincing in pain a day after she was struck by a police vehicle , a 44-year-old Barrackpore housewife is thanking God for sparing her life.

While she sustained no broken bones or internal bleeding, Asha Dass says her near death encounter has left her with severe body pains.

A police report stated that around 2.30 pm a police vehicle overtook a parked vehicle on the southern side of the Rochard Douglas Road  and collided with a silver Nissan B 15 driven by Christopher Charles. The police vehicle then spun out of control and slammed into Dass who was standing by the fence in front her house.  Lying on her bed at her Rochard Douglas Road home, Dass says she cannot remember the impact itself.

“Praise God, praise God,” whimpered Dass as she considered how close she came to losing her life.

Dass recalled opening the gate for her husband to reverse out of the yard. Then, the next thing she knew was that someone was calling her name and telling her to wake up. When she finally regained consciousnesses, she was lying on the ground and in a lot of pain. However, doctors told her that she has no serious injuries.

Meanwhile, Charles and his passenger Anthony Gonzales also suffered injuries but they too were treated and discharged from the hospital. Charles, a mechanic, lamented that he is unable to work because he is in a lot of pain. Complaining that the police were driving recklessly, Charles wants a proper investigation done. He is also asking for compensation to repair his car that was badly damaged.  The police officers involved in the accident were also injured and sought treatment at the hospital. Barrackpore police are investigating.