In the past 10 months,more than six Delhi Police officers have lost their lives while on duty. Newsline accessed the statistics and case studies of the six officers and it revealed that most were victims of gang war.
The data showed that the officers had received threat calls from anti-social elements,but nothing concrete was done to ensure their security.
According to police,a team that goes on a raid has to be provided proper security,depending on the target and the risk involved. The men are given bullet-proof jackets and pistols. But the statistics suggest otherwise.
Constable Tanveer Singh,posted at a police station in Ranhola,North Delhi,was shot dead on September 28,2011. He was on beat patrol at the time. Police said the constable had been getting threat calls from the anti-social elements in the area. Tanveer was shot dead by three men,who were arrested later.
On the same day,Head Constable Nihendra Singh was deployed on the DND Flyway for interceptor checking. During the checking,at 7.40 am,he tried to stop a speeding Tavera. The driver ran over the constable,who succumbed to injuries in a hospital.
On August 24 this year,Head Constable Yashpal Singh was shot by a few men from Mewat,when he went to arrest the gang members. His body was found near Jharoda bus stand.
The attackers were arrested and they reportedly told police that the constable had stopped them from stealing cows in the area. The gang of nine members was in the area to steal cows,when Yashpal intervened and was shot.
No other police personnel was with Yashpal at the time.
On May 5,Head Constable Sanjeev Kumar and two constables were in Meerut to collect information on inter-state criminals. The policemen were stopped by a group in a Maruti WagonR. Sanjeev went to question the driver and the man on the passenger seat shot him.
On May 18,Constable Naresh Kumar Verma received a wireless about a TATA-407. He was checking vehicles in Bharat Nagar when he saw the tempo. Naresh chased it on his motorcycle,but while he was trying to overtake it,the men in the tempo hit his motorcycle,which fell down. The driver of the tempo ran over Naresh,killing him on the spot.
On August 24,Head Constable Yash Pal was found injured on the road in Jharoda village,near Hari Dass Nagar. He died on way to the hospital. The post-mortem report revealed that he had a gunshot injury and died of excessive bleeding.
According to police data,Yash was working on bail bond verification in a case. He had to get the report verified and submit it in Saket court on the day when he was shot.
A police officer said: The circumstances the officials might face are anticipated and security is provided accordingly. Sometimes the officials may go for a raid alone or in a group of two. It depends on the intensity of the operations. Most of these deaths are accidental.