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Policeman loses service pistol, case filed against four suspects

Police suspect the pradhan of the area who is absconding of stealing the officer’s weapon.

delhi Updated: Sep 02, 2018 03:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
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The police officer’s pistol was allegedly stolen when he had gone to clear a traffic jam(AFP FILE PHOTO)

The Ghaziabad police have registered a case against four persons allegedly involved in stealing the service pistol of a sub-inspector from the Loni Border police station, who had gone to help clear a traffic jam near Banthla canal in Loni.

The police said the SI’s 9mm calibre service pistol was stolen by a group of persons who were part of a mob.

According to the police, there was a traffic jam near the Banthala canal in Loni on August 17, after the family of a road accident victim blocked the road.

They kept the body of the victim on the road and demanded action against the erring truck driver.

To help control the situation and clear the traffic, personnel from Loni Border police were sent to control the situation. While SI Devendra Kumar was trying to control the mob, he lost his service pistol.

“We have registered a case and four persons have been identified with the help of CCTV cameras. The footage shows that when the SI bent down, a person behind him moved suspiciously, after which, the pistol went missing,” Vaibhav Krishna, senior superintendent of police, said.

“We questioned the man (Mohit) and he told us that he had given the pistol to pradhan of the area. The pradhan is on the run and is a suspect,” he added.

The police said that they had registered an FIR under the Indian Penal Code sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 379 (theft) against pradhan Muskesh Kumar and Mohit, the local who was seen standing behind the SI in the CCTV footage, at Loni Border police station.

“In all, four persons, including two others seen in the footage, are under the scanner. We have formed teams to trace them and recover the service pistol that was lost during the incident,” the SSP said.

First Published: Sep 02, 2018 03:08 IST