A 30-year-old Ghaziabad police constable, who sustained a bullet injury after allegedly being shot by a colleague, succumbed to injuries at a private hospital early Friday morning.
On-duty constable at a PCR van Sukhbir Singh was shot at by Umesh Yadav, a constable posted at Loha Mandi police-post, with a service pistol following an altercation over some issue on Thursday.
Singh was rushed to a private hospital in Kavi Nagar but later referred to Yashoda Hospital.
“The injured constable was rushed to a private hospital where he succumbed to injuries. We have already registered a case against Yadav, who is absconding. The case will now be converted to sections pertaining to murder,” said Salmantaj Patil, superintendent of police (city).
The doctors at Yashoda Hospital in Ghaziabad said the shooting incident led to severe internal injuries and heavy internal bleeding.
“The constable died around 2.30am on Friday morning. Earlier, he was operated upon and the bullet was taken out. But since the shot was fired from a close range, the bullet got lodged in his abdomen and injured his internal organs which led to his death,” said Dr Gaurav Kaushik, deputy medical superintendent of the hospital.
Sukhbir, who hails from Etah, had requested the police officials not to inform his family back home about the injury as they would be worried. However, officials later informed his family as he was critical.
Police are still clueless about what led to the altercation. Sources, however, said both had a few drinks but the exact sequence of events would be known only after a detailed inquiry.