A retired district forest range officer is battling for his life after he slipped from the Scooty he was riding when a baton allegedly thrown by a Cyberabad traffic policeman to stop a speeding biker hit him on his head on the Sagar Road near Gurramguda crossroads on Friday.

The incident occurred when 78-year-old Pratap Reddy of L.B. Nagar was on his way to Gurramguda. While the passers-by claimed that Mr. Reddy sustained grievous head injuries after the baton hit him, the police officials maintained he could have suffered injuries when the handle or the footrest of the motorbike which a student was riding, knocked his vehicle.

L.B. Nagar Traffic ACP, Gangaram, said the Vanasthalipuram traffic police were conducting a vehicle checking drive at Gurramguda when they noticed students on two Pulsar bikes riding rashly. Under the impact, Mr. Reddy fell down resulting in serious injuries, the ACP said.

The traffic police shifted Mr. Reddy to a private hospital in L.B. Nagar where his condition is said to be very serious.

Refuting that the accident occurred because of a baton being thrown, the ACP said the traffic police across the State don’t carry a baton.