The Delhi Police are planning to arm their traffic personnel with small firearms on need basis as they are sometimes at the receiving end of criminals. "We are thinking about arming them. But we have to look at the availability and functional requirement," said Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic).
The move comes after head constable Mahesh Kumar was shot at on Tuesday when he tried to catch two persons who had jumped a traffic light. Kumar was posted in the Rajouri Garden circle and the person he caught was a criminal. Kumar has now been recommended for an out-of-turn promotion.
"When he asked for vehicle documents, the accused offered him Rs 200 as bribe for letting them go as they were in hurry.
Kumar persisted with the checking as he suspected them to be criminals. He tried to whistle to alert other traffic officials. The pillion rider caught hold of him and prevented him from blowing his whistle and threatened him with a gun," Garg said.
Undeterred, Kumar was able to catch hold of the bike driver, following which the pillion rider fired at him. In the commotion that ensued, another policeman joined them and one Sunil was arrested.