Noida gym trainer shot by cop: Victim’s family alleges trainee SI was aiming for out-of-term promotion
Jitendra was returning from his cousin’s wedding in Behrampur along with his uncle, Kripal, brother Dharmendra Yadav, and two friends, Sunil Jat and Gautam, when the incident took place.Updated: Feb 04, 2018 23:46 IST
The family of Jitendra Yadav, the 25-year-old man who was allegedly shot at by a trainee police sub-inspector (SI) in Noida’s Sector 122 late Saturday night, alleged that the officer was trying to conduct an ‘encounter’ to gain a promotion.
Jitendra, a resident of Parthala village, sustained a gunshot injury to his neck when he was allegedly fired upon by SI Vijay Darshan, who used his service weapon. Jitendra was returning from his cousin’s wedding in Behrampur along with his uncle, Kripal, brother Dharmendra Yadav, and two friends, Sunil Jat and Gautam, when the incident took place.
In the FIR, Dharmendra alleged that Darshan, while firing at Jitendra, had told him that he had to show an encounter on his record to get an ‘out-of-term promotion.’
The SI was accompanied by another sub-inspector in civil dress and two constables in uniform. All four have been suspended by the senior superintendent of police (SSP) and SI Darshan arrested.
Love Kumar, SSP of Gautam Budh Nagar, however, denied the allegations made Jitendra’s family. He said, “Out-of-term promotions are banned these days. So, it is difficult to believe that SI Darshan was involved in such an incident to get promoted. Maybe a common man won’t know about the current departmental decisions but I am sure that Darshan is well aware of the fact that out-of-term promotion is not possible.”
Kumar said that this was not a case of an encounter as Darshan and Dharmendra knew each other well. He said that it could be a case of personal enmity.
Virendra Yadav, Jitendra’s uncle, alleged that Darshan used the facilities at the gym run by Jitendra for free and also harassed local grocery and sweet sellers Parthala village.
“It is a small village and everybody knows the local policemen. Darshan has been taking things for free from the local shops that have been rented to different persons by Dharmendra and Jitendra in the market of Parthala village. Darshan has even used Jitendra’s gym at times and that also, for free,” Virendra said.
Dharmendra, on the other hand, did not confirm his uncle’s claims. “There is a boy at the local police post who used to come to make payments on behalf of Darshan. I am not aware if he was taking things for free. Darshan has never used our gym,” Dharmendra said.
According to a senior police officer, Dharmendra and Darshan know each other well and on the January 26, he had also dropped the trainee SI at the Republic Day parade.
However, Dharmendra refuted the claims. “I don’t know who is coming up with these stories. I never dropped Darshan anywhere, ever. If the police department has any evidence of me dropping Darshan then they must produce these,” Dharmendra said.
“Darshan and Dharmendra knew each other well and we are sure of it and they have met multiple times in the past as well. We will also check the claims of Jitendra’s uncle if Darshan used to take things for free from the shops,” the SSP said.
Nepal Yadav, Jitendra’s father, was in an inconsolable state on Sunday afternoon.
“The police wanted to do an encounter of my son for no fault of his. My sons and their friends were returning from a wedding when they were stopped by the SI and his colleagues. My son is in a bad shape. They are not criminals who need to be dealt with this way,” Nepal said.
On late Saturday late night, Jitendra was shot at and was rushed to a hospital, where his condition is said to be stable.
There has been a spate of encounters in Uttar Pradesh in the last few days. The police have cracked down on criminals and arrested dozens of people in different districts after encounters.