A twenty-five-year-old gym trainer was on his way home after attending a wedding in Ghaziabad when he was allegedly shot at by a sub-inspector. While his family claimed that the sub-inspector had allegedly told someone over the phone that an “encounter” had taken place, Gautam Buddha Nagar SSP said, “prima facie it is not an encounter case”. The sub-inspector was arrested and suspended along with three other police personnel, SSP said.
Around 10 pm on Saturday, Jitendra Kumar Yadav (25) was going back to his house in Parthala village along with three friends when their car was allegedly stopped by sub-inspector Vijay Darshan, another sub-inspector and two constables near Noida Sector 122.
Narrating the sequence of events on Saturday night, a friend of Yadav, who is also an eye-witness in the case, said that the police stopped the car and said that they would be taken to the police chowki.
“We aren’t criminals, why should we have gone to the police chowki? As soon as we sat in the car, he took out the gun and shot. We thought that the bullet has been fired in the air but we saw blood and panicked. The police did not even take him to the hospital. We begged them to take us to the hospital, told them that if we reach on time, he might be saved. But he said not now and asked us not to pick and phone calls. My phone had fallen in the car, I was trying to pick it up but he kept hitting me. When we reached the chowki, he parked the car. I broke the windscreen of the car and started creating a hue and cry because he was not taking us to the hospital. I did so in the hope that someone helps us. He called someone and said that, Sir, an encounter has taken place here, cross firing has happened,” the eye-witness said.
He further alleged that Darshan took them to Fortis hospital but the vehicle was being driven “very slowly” while Darshan “was talking on the phone throughout the journey”.
On Sunday afternoon, addressing reporters in Noida, Gautam Buddha Nagar SSP Love Kumar maintained that while Darshan had been arrested, three other police personnel — a sub-inspector and two constables had been suspended. He further added that the service pistol used by Darshan had been recovered.
“Prima facie, what has come to be understood that this is not an encounter case. This is an unusual incident in which the accused subinspector has been arrested and being sent to jail. We are investigating the case on different angles and all facts are being verified,” Kumar said.
The SSP further maintained that Darshan, who was in plain clothes during the incident, knew Yadav’s elder brother very closely and the investigation was looking at personal enmity in the case.
“It is possible that there might have been some personal reason due to which he fired from his gun. We condemn this incident and a sub-inspector is not expected to do such a thing. That is why he has been suspended and he is being arrested.