Imagine tough policemen — otherwise used to handling hardened criminals — helping a pregnant woman give birth in a police vehicle while taking her to the nearest hospital and you can well visualise their predicament.

That is what Delhi Police personnel did when they were ferrying a woman in labour to hospital in the early hours of Friday. The woman gave birth to a baby girl in the police vehicle — with a little help from the police staff and her husband.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Monika Bhardwaj said the woman and the newborn were later shifted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital.

Bhardwaj said police received a phone call at 4.15 AM about an injured woman spotted near a ticket counter at the Old Delhi railway station.

Police reached the spot, only to find she was having labour pains. On way to the hospital, police staff in the vehicle helped her give birth.

Bhardwaj said it was not the first such case for Delhi Police.