NEW DELHI: An armed man allegedly opened fire at a Delhi Police constable near the police headquarters in central Delhi near ITO, after he tried to flag down two bike-borne men around 1pm.
The constable, Bhiwa Ram, posted at Daryaganj police station, was shot in the hand. However, he managed to nab the man riding pillion, while the biker escaped.
The police said Manoj Mishra (24) had over 40 cases of robbery and snatching registered against him. Mishra was reportedly heading towards ITO from Geeta Colony, with his associate, to target a businessman when they were flagged down. The duo was not aware that the team from Daryaganj police station had laid a trap to apprehend him.
As their bike was spotted, constable Bhiwa Ram, who was in plain clothes, signalled them to stop. After they realised that he was a policeman, the rider took a U-turn in a bid to escape. But Bhiwa Ram held the bike from behind. Mishra, who was riding pillion, then shot at him with his pistol.
“Two rounds were fired and one bullet hit Ram in his right hand. He, however, did not let go of the bike and caught Mishra by the collar. He dragged him off the two-wheeler.
“By then, other armed policemen arrived. The rider managed to flee. Our team did not open fire as it was a crowded area and the bullet could have hit a passerby. Ram was then rushed to LNJP hospital,” a senior police officer said.
Sources said the gang had been operating in Karol Bagh, Paharganj, Daryaganj, and Ajmeri Gate. Raids were conducted and their locations traced. But the police couldn’t nab them as they were changing their locations often. Mishra has been involved in over 40 cases of robbery.