When head constable Kailash Chander spotted four men drinking in a Dwarka park on Thursday night, he didn’t consider it more than an issue of discipline and didn't even draw his weapon before approaching the men.
Chander made the second mistake when he casually challenged them even after he identified one of them as a history-sheeter, Sanju Nepali.
Chander, confident of the power of his uniform and holstered weapon, asked Nepali to step aside. Even then he didn't realise the desperation of the four.
But by the time they started stabbing him it was too late. He was stabbed 27 times and didn’t get a chance to draw his weapon.
The four didn’t stop after he was dead. They robbed him of his service revolver and money.
According to AK Ojha, deputy commissioner of police (southwest), Nepali’s three accomplices were Sonu Singh, Rakesh and another person whose identity is yet to be established.
The Delhi Police arrested Sonu and Rakesh on Monday for murdering Chander, who joined the force in 1985 and was from Rajasthan. But Nepali and the unknown man are still absconding.
Ojha said the gang was actually waiting for a soft target to rob. But when they realised that Chander was going to pick up Nepali, they thought they didn’t have any choice but to stop him.
“We zeroed in on Sonu, a known criminal in the area, as we noticed fresh injury marks on his body during questioning of local toughs to find Chander's killers,” said a police officer.