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Meet RS Dagar, the Delhi cop who shot at two ‘Saddams’

RS Dagar who is currently posted as the police chowki in-charge of south Delhi’s Sunlight Colony was earlier involved in a similar shootout on January 29. The suspect he fought that day was one Abdul Saddam, an alleged carjacker.

delhi Updated: Aug 03, 2018 14:23 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindsutan Times, New Delhi
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Sub­inspector RS Dagar worked with the Indian Navy as a petty officer before joining the Delhi Police in 2008.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Thursday’s encounter near Millennium Park Bus Depot was the second time this year that sub-inspector RS Dagar found himself in the middle of a gunbattle with criminals. On both occasions, Dagar went bullet-for-bullet with the criminals and managed to shoot two of them in their legs. Both the men shot by Dagar were later identified as ‘Saddams’.

On Thursday, Dagar said his first reaction after being shot in his chest was that of shock. “It did not immediately strike me that I was wearing a bulletproof jacket. My instant reaction was to fire back at the suspect to prevent him from shooting,” said Dagar.

But even in that moment of shock, the 42-year-old policeman remembered to first target accused Saddam Hussain’s legs. “My job is to neutralise a criminal, not kill him. I am trained to always keep that in mind,” said Dagar.

The moment the suspect was overpowered and captured, Dagar checked his bulletproof vest. “At that moment, I remembered my wife and two children and thanked technology (bulletproof vest) for saving my life,” said Dagar.

As Dagar went about finishing formalities in the aftermath of the encounter around 5.15am, his family remained oblivious to his close shave with death for at least five hours.

“My elder brother first saw the news about the encounter around 10.30am. That was when he called me. The news then quickly spread in my family,” said Dagar.

He added that his wife has been very supportive and never lets her emotions come in the way of his duty.

“I worked with the Indian Navy as a petty officer before joining the Delhi Police in 2008. My wife has always known that my job was risky. She has never let her emotions become a hindrance to my duty,” said Dagar.

The other Saddam

Dagar who is currently posted as the police chowki in-charge of south Delhi’s Sunlight Colony was earlier involved in a similar shootout on January 29. The suspect he fought that day was one Abdul Saddam, an alleged carjacker.

On that occasion, Dagar had led a police team that chased the alleged carjacker from Okhla in south Delhi to Amroha in Uttar Pradesh. The accused, Abdul Saddam, after being cornered in a forested area, allegedly fired at the joint team of the Delhi Police and Uttar Pradesh Police chasing him.

A constable with the Uttar Pradesh Police was shot in his arm, but Dagar fired two rounds back at Abdul Saddam, before capturing him. “On that occasion too, I made sure I targeted only his legs,” said Dagar.

“The two shootouts are not his only involvement in sensational cases. In November 2015, the officer was instrumental in nabbing a cash van driver who had escaped with Rs 22.5 crore cash from south Delhi’s Okhla,” said Chinmoy Biswal, deputy commissioner of police (southeast).

The recovery of Rs 22.49 crore in that heist was the highest ever in India. It landed Dagar’s name in the Limca Book of Records and he was awarded the ‘Asadharan Karya Puraskar’ for his role in the case.

First Published: Aug 03, 2018 14:23 IST