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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

No leeway despite death, say police

Karn Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 30, 2013
First Published: 22:42 IST(30/7/2013) | Last Updated: 00:50 IST(31/7/2013)

Delhi Police will not give leeway to reckless stunt bikers despite criticism following the death of a teenager in firing by a policeman on Sunday.

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The promise of strict vigilance by the police is likely to allay concerns that the death of 19-year-old Karan Pandey will lead to laxity in the crackdown on stunt bikers who take to the roads around midnight. The bikers have prompted several complaints of harassment and stone pelting.

While Pandey was shot dead allegedly by a policeman, his friend Puneet Sharma was injured in the firing. The police plan to book Sharma and are questioning him to find out the identities of the other bikers who were performing stunts at the Le Meridien and the Shangri La circular intersection.

The police are considering questioning stunt bikers arrested over the past month to learn whether they knew Pandey and Sharma. They are examining surveillance camera footage of the stunt bikers.

Sharma, who was discharged from RML Hospital late on Monday, was questioned for almost two hours by the New Delhi district investigation unit in connection with the case registered at the Parliament Street police station.

A police officer said they would question Sharma to know how he got together with other stunt bikers in New Delhi and Central districts late at night.

"We will go through his cell phone details to see his connections with other stunt bikers. His social networking websites accounts will be scanned," said the officer, adding that Sharma claimed that he would come to the New Delhi district areas with friends for having food at night.

HP Sharma, his father, said his son had rubbished police's allegations that he was part of the group of bikers who were performing stunts early on Sunday.

"My son told them that he was on his way with Pandey to have paranthas and tea near Shivaji Stadium on his bike," said the father.


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