A Delhi Police informer was shot dead by two alleged car thieves on Tuesday afternoon in Noida when he and the police team were trailing them.
The victim, Pramod Tiwari (35)—an informer of the anti automobile theft squad of south Delhi Police— had told the police team that two car thieves would come to Noida Sector 61 to strike a deal about a stolen Honda City, the police said.
“Tiwari was on his motorcycle and the police team was following him. However, when we reached there, some more men were present in two more cars— a Scorpio and a Qualis ,” said a senior Delhi Police officer on condition of anonymity.
“Tiwari did not have information about this. The men saw the the police team and shot him point blank.”
It was on Tiwari’s information that Delhi Police had arrested an associate of Ravi Kapoor, the alleged killer of
television journalist Soumya Vishwanathan and IT executive Jigeesha Ghosh— a few days ago.
Tiwari, a resident of Badarpur, had also helped the police to bust a fake passport racket in RK Puram in September this year.
Five people, including an Army personnel and a passport office employee, were arrested for allegedly helping people get genuine passports under Tatkal scheme using forged Army documents, police said.
The police said they fired back at the thieves but they fled.
“Tiwari met the police team near Kalindi Kunj and he was guiding them to the spot where he had struck a deal with the alleged thieves,” said the officer.
“The police took Tiwari to a hospital in Delhi where he was declared brought dead. Based on their complaint we have lodged a murder case against the accused persons at Sector 58 police station,” said Ambesh Tyagi, deputy superintendent of police, Noida.