A whistle-blower, credited with conducting many sting operations on corrupt policemen, was shot at in the capital by unidentified motorbike-riding assailants, Delhi Police said on Saturday.
Chetan Prakash Sharma, in his 40s, luckily survived the attack as the bullet hit his hand, but his pet dog was killed in its attempt to save its master.
Police said Sharma was attacked around 10.30 pm on Friday when he was walking with his dog near his home in west Delhi's Rajapuri after having dinner.
"Two men on a bike opened fire at Sharma. A call to the police control room was made around 11 pm by a passer-by and then the whistle-blower was taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital," a police officer said.
Sharma's German shepherd dog, which jumped on the attackers to save its master, received three bullets, said the officer. "Sharma is out of danger while his dog died on the spot."
Police launched a probe after registering a case of attempt to murder against unidentified people and were scrutinising CCTV footage of the area to identify the attackers.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal accompanied by home minister Satyendra Jain and Aam Aadmi Party legislator Somnath Bharti met Sharma on Saturday and assured him of security and fair trial in the case.
Sharma has helped the Anti-Corruption Branch in identifying many an alleged corrupt policemen here through his sting operations conducted in the last few years.