The constant attacks on police officers on duty indicate that those who are supposed to enforce law need protection themselves.
A 42-year-old constable was gunned down while his colleague was shot at by five assailants travelling in an autorickshaw in outer Delhi’s Vijay Vihar on Monday.This was the second attack on policemen on duty in the past 72 hours in Delhi. This year, there have been 17 such cases in which four police personnel have lost their lives. Two cases remain unsolved.
Last year, there was a significant drop in such cases after the police started fighting back and executed a few successful encounters with criminals following a steep rise in such crimes reported in 2012.
Statistics suggest that men in uniform were attacked for doing their job almost every month this year. In 2012, as many as 20 cases were reported and four policemen lost their lives.
This year, only three days ago, two constables patrolling Shankar Market in Connaught Place area had a miraculous escape when three criminals from Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad fired at them after they were asked to furnish identity
The murder of constable Dharampal in northeast Delhi’s Jafrabad by two unidentified bike-borne criminals on September 27 is another incident that highlights how men in khaki are unsafe in the Capital. The police are still clueless about who killed Dharampal.
The most gruesome of the attacks took place in 2012 when head constable Kailash Chander was stabbed as many as 27 times all over his body by a gang of four petty criminals.
His body was discovered in a pool of blood at a park in Dwarka on May 5.
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