Bike-borne assailants chased a Delhi Police constable and sprayed bullets on his car while he was driving home late Friday night in Outer Delhi's Kanjhawala.
Rajender Singh Khatri had been attached to the Rithala metro station police station and the spot where he was shot dead is just two kilometres away from his house in Punjab Khor village.
Police said one bullet, which hit Khatri, was fired from his right went through his chest, puncturing vital organs and leading to his death. The sequence of shooting gives the impression that the assailants had chased him. While the shooters were firing at him, Khatri might have tried to speed away and after he was shot, he lost control of the speeding vehicle and the car hit a tree in front of a government school in Karala village.
This is fifth such attack on a policeman in less than five months this year. The 35-year-old Khatri had joined the Delhi Police in 2002 and had taken leave to go on a religious tour. Ironically, Friday was his last working day before the month-long off.
BS Jaiswal, deputy commissioner of police (outer) said, "Prime facie it appears that personal enmity is the reason behind the murder. We are probing the case from other angles as well. A case of murder has been registered at the Kanjhawala police station."
As many as ten people are being questioned in connection with the shooting.
A relative said Khatri was very happy as God had "blessed him with a son just eight months ago after two daughters".
"His one month leave began from today (Saturday) only. Though his work shift ended at 8 am on Friday he stayed back at office till 4 pm to finish his pending work," said the relative. Khatri's body was cremated after post-mortem on Saturday.