It was a snatching attempt that went horribly wrong. An ubiquitous episode of street crime in Delhi ended up with a cop being shot at in the neck and the snatcher shooting himself dead on Monday.
The bloody episode unfolded at 1.25pm on Monday when Kuldeep, 25, was riding a motorcycle he had stolen from Sector A-10 in Narela on Sunday night. He was scouting for targets in Sector A-9, near Satyawadi Raja Harish Chandra Hospital, when he spotted a gold chain hanging around the neck of one Umesh Gupta.
Gupta was on foot and seemed an easy target for Kuldeep, who snatched the chain and tried to flee. But Gupta raised an alarm. His cries for help reached two police constables on motorcycle patrol in the area. Constables Kishor and Prabhat quickly responded.
They spotted Kuldeep and started to give him a chase. After around 600 metres, they overtook Kuldeep’s bike and forced him to stop. The snatcher lost control over his bike and skidded.
“The two constables quickly stopped and tried to overpower him. But Kuldeep attacked them with his helmet and fled,” said a senior police officer.
A desperate Kuldeep started running but he couldn’t go far as another contable on a bike grabbed him from behind. What he didn’t know was that Kuldeep had a gun.
“Kuldeep quickly took out his gun and shot constable Satender in the neck. As soon as Satender collapsed on the road, the other two cops reached the spot.
While Kishor continued chasing Kuldeep, Prabhat rushed Satender to hospital,” said the officer.
Seeing that the policemen had not given up the chase, Kuldeep fired four more rounds at Kishor but missed him.
Sanjay Kumar, additional CP (outer), said after being chased by Kishor for almost 1 km, Kuldeep took shelter at a vacant DDA flat at Sector A-9.
“Kishor called up for help. Within minutes, over 50 policemen led by the ACP, Alipur, arrived there and surrounded the flat. The snatcher was repeatedly asked to surrender but he instead fired at the police party. Cornered, Kuldeep pumped a bullet in his temple on the second-floor flat,” said Kumar.
Kuldeep had nine cases of snatching, vehicle theft, robbery registered against him at different police stations.