Ghaziabad constable shot by fellow cop dies, accused still absconding

The 30-year-old constable succumbed to injuries at a private hospital early Friday morning.

noida Updated: Dec 02, 2016 23:38 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
Yashoda Hospital,Kavi Nagar,Sukhbir Singh
Constable Sukhbir Singh was allegedly shot by his colleague Umesh Yadav in Ghaziabad area on Thursday.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

A 30-year-old Ghaziabad police constable, who sustained a bullet injury after allegedly being shot by a colleague, succumbed to injuries at a private hospital early Friday morning.

Sukhbir Singh was on duty with a PCR van when he was shot by Umesh Yadav, a constable posted at Loha Mandi police post. Singh was shot with a 9mm service pistol allegedly following an altercation on Thursday. Singh was rushed to a private hospital in Kavi Nagar but was later referred to Yashoda Hospital in Ghaziabad . “The injured constable was rushed to a private hospital where he succumbed to injuries. We have registered a case against Yadav, who is absconding. The case will now be converted to sections pertaining to murder,” said Salmantaj Patil, superintendent of police (city).

On Thursday night, the police had lodged a case of attempt to murder and under provisions of the SC/ST Act against accused Umesh, who hails from Etawah. The police are yet to recover the murder weapon.

Doctors said the shooting led to severe internal injuries and heavy bleeding.

The bullet had made an entry wound in the abdomen and made an exit near the hip joint. “He died around 2.30am on Friday. He was operated upon earlier and the bullet was taken out. But, since the shot was fired from close range, the bullet got lodged in his abdomen and injured his internal organs which led to his death,” said Dr Gaurav Kaushik, deputy medical superintendent of Yashoda Hospital.

“My brother left behind his wife and three minor children. The body will be taken to our native place,” said Kaviraj Singh, the victim’s cousin.

Police are still clueless about what led to the altercation. However, eyewitnesses said both the constables had a few drinks. But the exact sequence of events would be known only after a detailed inquiry.

First Published: Dec 02, 2016 23:14 IST