A 28-year-old police constable was gunned down at a police post in Ghaziabad on Wednesday night after he allegedly refused to provide water to them to consume alcohol.
The incident took place at the gate of the Banthla police post.
Sources said the incident took place around 7.30pm when the constable, identified as Suresh Yadav, was alone on duty at the police post.
“Around 2-3 heavily drunk men arrived at the post and asked the constable for water with which they wanted to consume liquor. The constable denied them water and entry inside the police post. He told the men to clear out from the police post. This led to a heated exchange of words, during which one the men whipped out a country made gun and fired a shot at the policeman from close range,” said a police spokesperson.
“The gun shot hit the constable on his chest and he died on the spot. The armed men then fled the spot and had not been traced till late Wednesday night,” the spokesperson added.
Sources said that the men, who were partying, were part of a wedding procession that had gone to nearby Mandla village.
“Nearly 400-500 men had arrived for two wedding ceremonies taking place in the village and the culprits were from among that group,” the source said.
Following the incident, a large police force, led by some senior officers, arrived at the scene of crime. The entire area was cordoned off and all those attending the marriages were detained and searched.
The police refused to comment on the incident despite repeated calls. The cop hailed from Etah district.