Con­sta­ble sus­pended for leak­ing shootout video

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The shootout be­tween po­lice and crim­i­nals near Ak­shard­ham Metro Sta­tion on Sun­day morn­ing was cap­tured on cam­era.

In the CCTV footage, the po­lice­men are seen be­ing taken by sur­prise while in­ter­cept­ing the car of the crim­i­nals. It also seems the cops were not pre­pared to re­tal­i­ate and chased the car on foot while the crim­i­nals sped away.

Mean­while, a con­sta­ble was sus­pended on Mon­day for leak­ing the CCTV footage on so­cial me­dia.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred in the mid­dle of a busy road where po­lice­men in civvies had laid a trap for the crim­i­nals. Around 10.45am, a po­lice­man flagged down a white Hyundai Verna. The crim­i­nals rolled down the front win­dow to ask the rea­son for be­ing stopped. By the time, the po­lice team started gath­er­ing be­hind the ve­hi­cle.

When the cop asked for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, the driver start ac­cel­er­at­ing. The man sit­ting next to the driver opened fire. The gun­shot sparked a frenzy among the po­lice­men, who started run­ning for cover. For­tu­nately, the bul­let didn’t hit any­one. A few au­torick­shaws parked on the road had a close miss. A po­lice­man who was tak­ing cover be­hind a car chased af­ter the crim­i­nals on foot to­wards Gandhi Na­gar and even fired a shot at their ve­hi­cle, but they man­aged to es­cape. An­other cop car­ry­ing two AK ri­fles ran to help his col­league, but by then the ac­tion was over.

An in­quiry was or­dered into the in­ci­dent af­ter lo­cals al­leged that the po­lice team didn’t take pre­cau­tions while in­ter­cept­ing the crim­i­nals. It was found that the team didn’t have armed back-up or an in­ter­cep­tor ve­hi­cle in place.

Po­lice sus­pect the crim­i­nals to be part of a gang in­volved in a spate of armed rob­beries in east Delhi. A team has been formed to scan through other CCTV footage to find out the route taken by the crim­i­nals. The car, which is sus­pected to be stolen, is also be­ing tracked.

PANIC AT AK­SHARD­HAM: (Top) Crim­i­nals open fire at cops who try to in­ter­cept their car. (Above) Cops re­tal­i­ate as the crim­i­nals at­tempt to drive off

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