It was sheer luck that a 35-year-old man of Jatheri village in Sonepat district is still alive, otherwise the cops had done everything to kill him, mistaking him for a twowheeler snatcher. The police, however, booked the man for attempt to murder and under the excise act, claiming that he had tried to mow down the police party when signaled to stop. Police also claim that he was smuggling liquor in his car.
The victim identified as Mohmmad Imran, who runs a flour mill at his native village Jatheri was coming back to his village after attending a marriage function at Gohana. Around 2am on Tuesday, when he reached Barota village, a police vehicle signalled him to stop, as soon as he stopped, the one of the cops opened fire from a pistol, which hit his jaw. He was rushed to hospital at Kundli and later referred to Rohtak dental college by the police.
Talking to HT, victim’s wife Praveen said that her husband was innocent and had no previous criminal record. She said that her nephew was also in the car with her husband and he told that police obstructed their way first and then asked them to bring down windowpanes of the car and then they fired at Imran unprovoked.
However, Barota chowki incharge ASI Puran Singh had a different story to tell. Talking to HT, he said that he was on duty and the incident occurred when they got information that four carborne miscreants had snatched a motorcycle from the highway.
As they were moving towards the crime spot, they saw a white Maruti car coming and they signalled it to stop. He said that instead of stopping, the car driver tired to mow down the police party, which forced one of cops to open fire in the air which accidentally hit Imran in the jaw. He admitted that it was not Imran who had snatched the bike.
He said that they have booked Imran for attempt to murder and sections of the excise Act after they recovered 21 cartons of liquor from his vehicle.