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Senior Delhi Police officials have recommended an out-of-turn promotion for head constable Vikram for his role in preventing carjackers from getting away with a vehicle they stole from a cab driver last month, said sources.
Vikram had first spotted the car stolen from Uttam Nagar area on September 29 and tried to stop the occupants, but they opened fire, forcing him to retaliate, the sources added.
One of the alleged carjackers, identified as Abhishek, was killed in the exchange of fire.
Sanjay Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police (northern range), confirmed the recommendation being made for the promotion to the head constable and said a file had been moved. He declined to share details.
Vikram had spotted the stolen car being driven in Karala area at Inder Enclave.
“HC Vikram tried to intercept the car, but instead of stopping, the occupants opened fire. He also fired back. They then drove away towards Kanjhawala Chowk. We received a call from Savitri Hospital about a person having come in with a gunshot wound. Police found that it was one of the carjackers, Abhishek, who had been injured in the firing. He was moved to BSA Hospital in Rohini, where he succumbed to injuries,” Singh added.
During initial investigation, officials of the local police station took the victim of the carjacking, cab driver Vishal, to Savitri Hospital to identify the body of the carjacker.
“Police first deliberately showed him the body of another person and he said it was not one of the carjackers. Then he was shown the carjacker’s body and he immediately identified him,” said a police officer. Later, the case was transferred to the Crime Branch, the officer added.
After the initial inquiry in the case, a report was forwarded to the deputy commissioner of police (outer), who sent the file ahead with a recommendation for the promotion, said sources. The decision will be taken by Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, the sources added.
Earlier, Abhishek’s family members had said he was innocent and alleged that police killed him in a “fake encounter”. His father, Satish Singh, said, “My son was innocent. to save the real accused, they killed my son.” Singh added, “My son was at home till 7.30 am. Later, two local youths from the village asked him to join them for a ride.”