A cop, on the condition of anonymity, stated that Dahiya was in possession of his service pistol and 10 rounds.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A cop, on the condition of anonymity, stated that Dahiya was in possession of his service pistol and 10 rounds.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Delhi cop on shooting spree kills father-in-law, injures female friend

Police teams in Haryana and Delhi working in close coordination to nab the accused, identified as Sandeep Dahiya, a sub-inspector posted at the Lahori Gate police station
Hindustan Times, Rohtak, Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi/rohtak
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 09:30 PM IST

Nearly 12 hours after a Delhi Police sub-inspector allegedly shot his female friend in outer Delhi’s Alipur area, he killed his 62-year-old father-in-law in Rohtak’s Bhainsi village on Monday morning while being on the run with his service pistol, prompting the Delhi and Haryana police to launch a manhunt.

The suspect has been identified as Sandeep Dahiya, a 35-year-old sub-inspector (SI) posted at the Lahori Gate police station in north Delhi, officials from Delhi and Haryana police said.

Biker passing by area hurt

A motorcyclist from Haryana, identified by his first name Satbir, was also injured while he was passing by the area, where Dahiya fired three bullets at the woman, with whom he was in a relationship for over a year, as the bullets’ flying shrapnel his hit left leg.

Satbir saw his leg injury only when he reached Sonepat and got himself admitted to a local hospital. The Delhi Police team met him and recorded his statement. Satbir is a key witness to the Alipur firing incident, said deputy commissioner of police (outer-north Delhi) Gaurav Sharma.

Woman out of danger

According to Sharma, the 34-year-old woman was spotted in an injured condition on the roadside on GT Karnal Road by another Delhi police officer, sub-inspector Jaiveer, who was passing through the area in his car around 5.30pm on Sunday. Jaiveer took her to a nearby hospital.

“On the way, she had told him that SI Sandeep Dahiya had shot her following an argument. She also told him that Dahiya had strained relations with his wife. We registered a case and formed teams to search for the SI. The woman suffered bullet injuries in her right shoulder and arm. Her condition is stable and out of danger,” said Sharma, adding that they are probing whether Dahiya used his service weapon in the crime.

On Monday morning, the absconding sub-inspector reportedly drove up to his in-laws’ house in Rohtak’s Bhainsi village and shot his father in-law, Ranbir Singh, 62.

Shot father-in-law in the forehead

Dahiya’s wife Rajesh Devi said the incident took place around 7am when her father was sanitising the street outside their house.

“My husband, along with my brother’s father-in-law, Balbir Singh, and cousin Pawan, came in an SUV and pumped a bullet into my father’s forehead, killing him on the spot,” said Rajesh Devi.

She further revealed that she had moved back to her parents’ house four years ago following a marital discord, and a case was pending in the local court.

“My husband had illicit relations with my sister-in-law, Reena. She had also filed a case seeking divorce from my brother as she wanted to marry my husband. Sandeep wanted to take custody of our son but I was against it,” she added.

Meham deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Shamsher Singh Dahiya said the suspect, a resident of Sisana village in Sonepat, has been booked under Section 302 (murder) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code. He further said that the victim’s family members have revealed that the accused had threatened to kill him a few days ago.

The DSP added that the footage of closed-circuit television cameras installed near the crime scene has been collected and a hunt is on to nab the accused.

‘Cop had not turned up for work’

As per information from north Delhi police officials, Dahiya had been deputed for patrolling duty in Lahori Gate area between 9pm (September 26) and 1am on September 27 but he had not turned up. On September 23 and 24, Dahiya was on medical leave as he had complained of stomach pain.

Being a division officer, Dahiya was allotted a 9mm service pistol and 10 bullets on September 26. Since Dahiya neither came for duty nor returned the service weapon, he was marked absent and a daily diary (DD) entry, mentioning his indiscipline, was made in the police station, they said.

Deputy commissioner of police (north) Anto Alphonse said, “Multiple teams are now on a lookout for Dahiya. We are working in coordination with the Alipur police and our counterparts in Haryana,” said DCP Alphonse.

‘Cop’s troubled personal and professional life’

Delhi Police officials said Dahiya joined the police force as a constable in 2006. In 2016, he became a sub-inspector after clearing the exam for the post. He has been posted in north district since 2013 and in Lahori Gate police station since December 2017. He has been living in a government allotted flat at Shalimar Bagh police colony.

“Dahiya has been in a marital dispute with his wife, who already filed a dowry harassment case against him in a police station in Rohtak. He faced a departmental inquiry in regard to that. His service was also forfeited after the inquiry found him guilty,” a police officer who knows Dahiya said on the condition of anonymity.

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