Two snatch­ers who had at­tacked scribe nabbed 12 Shots Fired Be­tween Crim­i­nals And Cops At Mathura Road

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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

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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

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