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Chennai police inspector killed during a raid to arrest suspected robber in Rajasthan

A special police team from Chennai went to the northern state to nab an accused wanted in a robbery case.

india Updated: Dec 13, 2017 14:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Chennai police,Rajasthan police,Pali district
A police officer from Chennai was shot dead in Rajasthan where he went to arrest a suspected robber. (Shutterstock photo for representational purpose. )

A Chennai police inspector was shot dead in the wee hours of Wednesday in Rajasthan purportedly by a suspected robber whom he went to arrest in the northern state with a special team.

Pali superintendent of police Deepak Bhargav said inspector Perry Pandayan was probably shot with his own service pistol in the district’s Jaitaran town around 2am when the six-member team raided house of accused Nathu Ram (35).

Ram is an accused in a robbery case lodged with the Chennai’s Rajmangal police station.

“We were aware that Chennai police was here but not about the raid conducted by them,” the SP said.

Bhargav said after the team raided the house a scuffle ensued with eight to nine people present there, probably relatives of the accused, forcing the police team to retreat jumping the compound wall. But Pandayan was somehow left behind.

Soon the constables heard a gunshot. When they rushed back, they found the officer fatally injured. He was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

“We suspect that the officer was shot with his service weapon during the scuffle as we have found an empty shell of 9mm pistol used by the police,” the SP said.

Some of the people involved in the incident were arrested, while some others were on the run, the SP said without elaborating further. He did not disclose whether Ram was among those arrested.

Mortal remains of the police officer will be sent to Chennai after a post mortem is done in Jodhpur later in the day.

Bhargav said there were two more accused– Deepa Ram and Dinesh Choudhary-- wanted in the case lodged at Chennai but the raid was conducted to nab Nathu Ram.

A police official on condition of anonymity told HT that around six cases are registered against Nathu Ram in Jaitaran.

First Published: Dec 13, 2017 14:50 IST