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Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019

Constable foils road robbery in east Delhi, fights off three armed men

Constable Mukesh Kumar Hooda was patrolling on foot when he heard the Ajay Kumar’s cries near Geeta Colony market. Hooda rushed to his rescue and caught one of the accused.

delhi Updated: Sep 28, 2017 11:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
constable Mukesh Kumar Hooda caught one of the robbers even as the three tried to overpower and stab him.
constable Mukesh Kumar Hooda caught one of the robbers even as the three tried to overpower and stab him.(Photo: Sourced)

Despite being attacked by three men, a Delhi police constable on Tuesday foiled an attempted robbery while managing to apprehend one of the armed robbers.

At 9.25pm on Tuesday night, east Delhi resident Ajay Kumar said he was crossing the crematorium near Geeta Colony market area on a motorcycle when he was allegedly stopped by three men.

According to Kumar, the three were carrying knives and forced him to stop his motorcycle at an isolated location. They reportedly forced him to hand over his cellphone, motorcycle keys and wallet. Police said that Kumar tried to put up a fight and resisted the robbery while screaming for help.

Around the time, constable Mukesh Kumar Hooda, who was patrolling the area on foot, heard Kumar’s cries for help and rushed to the spot. Hooda saw the three men attacking Kumar, and came to his rescue. An officer said that Hooda caught one of the armed men, while the other two managed to escape. The two men also tried to overpower Hooda and stab him, but the constable fought them off and did not let the man he had caught escape.

Soon, a few locals who witnessed the scuffle also rushed to the spot leading the two men to flee. The arrested man told police at the Geeta Colony police station that his name was Ram Avatar.

Police said Avatar is a resident of Shastri Park area in north-east Delhi. Originally from Begusarai in Bihar, he allegedly had been robbing motorcyclists for the last four years. He had been arrested in 2014 in a similar case, police said. “We have registered a case and are on the lookout for his two associates. We know their identities. We are also probing their involvement in other cases,” said a senior officer adding that constable Hooda would be rewarded for his bravery.