Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Gangsters nabbed after shootout in Rohini


When a constable saw the Swift trying to push its way out of the trap, he fired and deflated a tyre. The policemen then asked the robbers to surrender, but they pulled out their pistols instead and fired. A bullet hit constable Pradeep’s left thigh and the police team engaged the robbers in a close gunfight.

The shooting ended as quickly as it started after a bullet grazed Sudhir’s neck and pierced through the cheeks of fellow robber Vijay alias Rajesh seated next to him.

Constable Arvind sneaked from behind and broke the rear windscreen of the Swift, sticking his gun to the head of robber Sanjay Geroge, who was on the back seat with partner Farman.

The other three in the car tried to escape, but were overpowere­d in a matter of seconds. Fifth suspect Rahul alias Sunny, who was a scout, was on a motorcycle. He was caught a while later.

Sanjay, Vijay and Farman are known criminals. Police said Sanjay was arrested in 2008 for looting a bank car carrying cash in the Delhi Cantonment area. He is out on parole. In February, the trio was declared proclaimed offenders for attempting to murder a person.

Sunday’s attack was the second on Delhi Police personnel in less than 36 hours after constable Anand Singh was shot dead by three robbers in outer Delhi’s Bawana. Singh challenged them when the killers were robbing a woman in front of a crowd of people.

They escaped after shooting at the policeman. Nobody from the crowd came to his rescue.

Police suspect the robbers caught on Sunday murdered constable Singh. “They were being interrogat­ed,” DCP (outer Delhi) Vikramjeet Singh said.

Left-affiliated AISA expelled Ratan from its primary membership. “AISA takes serious note of the fact that Anmol Ratan, a leading activist of AISA, is facing a criminal complaint of sexual assault. He is henceforth expelled from the primary membership of AISA. AISA will reflect on and deal with this issue with all the firmness it deserves... We stand by the complainan­t in her fight for justice,” Ashutosh Kumar, secretary of the student body’s Delhi unit said in a statement.

JNU registrar Pramod Kumar said he had not received any complaint on the matter. “There is no complaint that has been submitted to the university. I have made an enquiry with the security of the university and they have not got back.”

The university had witnessed vociferous protests in February when student leader Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested and charged with sedition for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans at an event to mark Afzal Guru’s death anniversar­y.

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