Two snatchers who had attacked scribe nabbed 12 Shots Fired Between Criminals And Cops At Mathura Road
New Delhi: Two criminals, who had reportedly attacked a journalist while trying to snatch her phone in CR Park on September 22, were arrested after a shootout on Friday. The encounter took place on Mathura Road in the morning. While one criminal was shot in his hand and leg, his accomplice got a bullet injury in the thigh. In all, 12 shots were fired, eight by cops from Delhi Police Special Cell and four by the criminals.
The arrested men, Anil and Arun, have been found involved in more than 30 cases of robbery, snatching and other crimes, including firing on a man who was on his way to his wedding last year. “The white TVS Apache motorcycle (RJ18 DS 5778) used in the snatching case of journalist Joymala Bagchi and other crimes has been seized,” said DCP
Sanjeev Yadav. Bagchi’s phone is yet to be recovered.
The southwestern range of Special Cell got a tip-off that a robber, a proclaimed offender in many cases, would come to south Delhi. Around 4.25am, a bike was spotted coming from Nizamuddin railway station on Mathura Road. When the bikers were signalled to stop, they started accelerating. However, cops boxed them in.
Finding themselves cornered, the bikers started firing at the police team. The cops returned fire and hit the rider in the right leg and right hand. The pillion rider was hit in the thigh. Two pistols and four live cartridges were seized from them. The accused were taken to a hospital for treatment. An FIR of attacking a police team has been registered against them.
The criminals have confessed that they had attacked Bagchi while she was going in an autorickshaw to Hauz Khas. Around 6pm on September 22, when the auto reached K-I Road, the men snatched her mobile phone. She was jerked so hard that she fell out of the auto and landed on her face. She sustained fractures on her jaw and skull and had to be hospitalised.
Reacting to the arrests, Bagchi told TOI that police had earlier sent her photographs, but she couldn’t identify the men. “I’m still waiting for my phone to be recovered,” she added. New Delhi: CISF commandant Ranjan Pratap Singh, who was arrested for allegedly planting drugs in a car belonging to an IAS officer’s husband, had made calls to the bureaucrat soon after committing the crime, a probe by Delhi Police has revealed. He made the calls on pretext of helping her. He hoped that after this incident, she would develop affection for him.
Cops are now looking for the key maker, who helped the accused and his lawyer friend open the car, and the drug dealer who sold them charas.
Meanwhile, the CISF has sought a detailed report about Singh’s role from the police and has initiated an enquiry against him. Charges against the husband of the IAS officer, who was even booked under the NDPS Act, are to be dropped soon.
During interrogation, the accused said that he had feelings for the IAS officer from past many years and wanted to do something to win her trust.
Arun and Anil had targeted the scribe at CR Park