A group of criminals allegedly fired indiscriminately and sprayed chilli powder at a police team before fleeing with a historysheeter the latter was escorting from a Dehradun jail to Baghpat for a court hearing Monday. The criminals also stole two AK-47 rifles and a self-loading rifle (SLR) from the police force.
The five policemen, all from Dehradun, escorting Amit Malik alias Bhura, have been booked for negligence and detained at the City Kotwali police station, officials said. A case has also been registered against Bhura, listed as a historysheeter at Fughana police station in Muzaffarnagar, and his associates
Taking serious cognizance of the incident, the Uttarakhand government reportedly removed the Dehradun SSP on Monday evening.
Baghpat SSP J K Shahi said several teams have been formed to trace the criminals and raids are being conducted at Bhura’s alleged hideouts in various districts. Garhwal Range (Uttarakhand) DIG Sanjay Gunjyal reached Baghpat in the afternoon to coordinate with senior officials in UP.
Circle Officer (Baghpat city) N P Singh said as per the detained policemen, they had reached Baghpat along with Bhura by train around 6.30am and hired a vehicle for the district court. On the way, two more passengers got into the vehicle. While was passing through a secluded area, an SUV overtook them. Around five armed miscreants got down out and fired at the policemen’s vehicle. The policemen claim the criminals sprayed chilli powder on them and took away handcuffed Bhura forcibly but not before snatching away two AK-47 rifles and an SLR from them.
SHO, Kotwali police station, Krishna Murari said the detained policemen have given contradictory statements and the exact sequence of events has not been ascertained.