Criminals have struck again in Northeast Delhi in a little over 24 hours.
Two unidentified assailants allegedly shot at 52-year-old sub-inspector of Delhi Police in Seelampur area on Tuesday. Fateh Singh was promoted just two months back.
The police said that the incident happened around 3:00 pm when Singh was on his way to the Karkardooma Court from the Seelampur Police Station.
“He was at the Welcome metro station red light when two unidentified assailants opened fire on him,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) SS Yadav.
“By the time Singh took out his revolver, the assailants escaped. He tried to chase them, but the assailants got away in their motorcycle,” Yadav said.
The incident happened barely 100 metres away from the DCP’s office.
On Monday, a 54-year-old Kargil war veteran was shot when he was on the way to deposit Rs 8.45 lakh at a bank in Bhajanpura in the same area.
“It was only when the bullet hit me, I realized someone had assaulted me,” said Singh. Senior police officers said Singh was shot at twice.
While one bullet brushed his left shoulder, the other one missed him by a few inches. He was taken to the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.
Doctors said his condition was out of danger. “I am feeling better now,” Singh said after a minor surgery.
The police said the assailants fled on a Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle parked on the road.
They are working on a few theories.
The police said that there was a possibility the assailants were waiting to rob a businessman when Singh showed up.
“They may have thought he had got a tip-off and had come to arrest them. Spooked, they decided to shoot him,” said a senior police officer not authorised to speak to the media.
The police were trying to find if any person was supposed to come to the area with a large amount of cash.
The police were analysing all past as well as present cases Singh was working on to see if the attack was related to them.
The police also believe personal enmity could be another reason behind the incident.
The police detained as many as six people in connection with the case.
“We are still questioning them and hope to catch the assailants soon,” added the officer.