The Friday morning's tragedy in which a Delhi Police constable lost his life while chasing members of Mewati gang is not the only incident where the police had to face the notoriety of the gang.
Ten days prior to Friday's incident, the Station House Officer (SHO) of Begampur had a miraculous escape when more than five members of the same gang fired at the police vehicle in which the SHO along with the team was chasing them. The miscreants had also pelted stones at the police party as a result of which the windscreen of the vehicle broke, said a senior police officer.
Confirming the incident, BS Jaiswal, deputy commissioner of police (outer), said that the assailants were travelling in a Tata 407 mini-truck without the registration number plate.
"During the chase, the assailants pelted stones at our team and even fired bullets on them. In retaliation, the SHO, Begampur, fired two bullets
at the assailants. The windowscreen of the police vehicle shattered into pieced during the incident," said Jaiswal, adding that efforts are being made to nab the criminals.
According to a senior police officer, the wild goose chase with the miscreants started after a wireless call was received at the control room, saying that some people in a mini-truck have stolen a cow in Mangolpuri area.
"The wireless message was flashed in the entire district and all the police pickets were alerted about it. Since the miscreants fled towards Rohini Sector 20, the picket staff of the Begampur police station were also alerted," said a police officer.
"The SHO, along with his team, was patrolling the area when he received the call and started chasing the assailants after spotting their vehicle. The chase proved futile and the assailants managed to escape after firing at the police party and pelting stones at them," added the officer.
According to Jaiswal, they have intensified their vigil at all the border pickets and instructions have been given to the staff members to check and verify all Tata 407 mini-trucks entering the area.
On early Friday morning, Naresh Kumar, the 42-year-old Delhi Police constable, lost his life while his colleague Shankar, a homeguard, suffered head injury after the Tata 407 mini-truck which they were chasing hit their patrolling bike and ran over Kumar's head in northwest Delhi's Bharat Nagar area.
The police have not been able to nab the members of the Mewati gang who were travelling in that mini-truck.