A seemingly harmless vehicle checking went horribly wrong for two city cops when a Delhi police constable was shot dead and another grievously injured at outer Delhi’s Vijay Vihar in the early hours on Monday.
As many as 17 policemen in Delhi have been targeted by criminals this year, of which four died. In most of the cases, the cops were shot point blank with impunity that points at the growing desperation among criminals and the vulnerability of the patrolling cops.
The incident took place at L-block market, Gali No. 1 — barely 400 metres away from the Vijay Vihar police station.
Constables Jagvir Singh, 42, and Narender Singh Chauhan was on patrolling duty on Sunday night. At 1.30 am they noticed an auto with four people sitting on the rear seat and signalled it to stop.
After their questions regarding their destination and identification did not fetch satisfactory answers, the two policemen sat on either sides of the driver and asked him to drive to the nearby police station, said a senior police officer.
The occupants of the auto followed the direction. But minutes later, one of the persons sitting on the rear seat whipped out a .315 bore pistol and shot Jagvir in the chest point blank.
Sensing trouble, Chauhan jumped out of the running auto and ran towards the police station to seek help. However, the auto driver followed him and he too was shot in the back, the officer added.
The assailants threw away Jagvir’s body about 200 metres away from the spot he was shot at and drove away with his service pistol. In the meantime, Chauhan gathered whatever strength he was left with after being shot and dragged himself to the police station and cried for help.
“The police station staff rushed the two constables to a nearby hospital where Jagvir was pronounced dead on arrival. Chauhan was later shifted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital where his condition is said to be out of danger,” the officer said.
Investigators said the footage from three CCTV cameras installed near the crime scene are not proving to be of much help since the pictures are hazy and they are yet to identify the assailants and the vehicle.
Special Cell and Crime Branch personnel have been roped in to arrest the assailants.
“It is very saddening and shocking for the whole department. We hope to arrest the accused very soon.“The incident shows the kind of danger that a policeman faces daily while doing his job,” said Joint Commissioner of Police RS Krishnaia.