It was a fight over garbage that first turned ugly and then bloody, with a policeman shooting at a neighbour, another cop.
Head constable Satender Khokar, 35, was leaving for work Wednesday morning when he saw garbage strewn in front of his northeast Delhi home in Welcome.
He walked up to his neighbour, assistant sub-inspector Ram Nath Upadhyay, who he had seen dump the garbage. “Upadhyay had thrown the garbage. Khokar asked him to not to repeat it,” said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity. The Upadhyay family, said the neighbours, were in the habit of littering.
The argument turned violent as the ASI, posted at Adarsh Nagar police station, snatched Khokar’s service revolver and fired at him thrice and fled, said the officer.
Khokar, who is with the 3rd Battalion of the Delhi Armed Police, was rushed to Guru Teg Bahadur hospital and is stable.
Upadhyay’s wife Phoolwati, however, said it was Khokar who started the fight and pointed the gun at her husband. Upadhyay shot his neighbour by mistake, she said. The 59-year-old ASI has been arrested.