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3 men attack cop,snatch pistol,shoot at him

Three men overpowered a head constable,snatched his service pistol and shot at him in Matiyala village,Bindapur,on Monday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 16, 2012 1:27:59 am

Three men overpowered a head constable,snatched his service pistol and shot at him in Matiyala village,Bindapur,on Monday. Head Constable Manoj Tyagi (38) was shot in the hand.

Manoj had gone to the Southwest Delhi area to arrest Mohammed Mustafa,wanted in robbery cases. Police said he had information that Mustafa will be in the area,and Manoj went alone to catch him.

“According to the information given to Manoj,there was only one person at the hideout. But when he reached the spot,he found that Mustafa was there with his associates,” a senior police officer said.

Manoj began questioning Mustafa,who tried to flee,police said. A scuffle followed between Manoj and Mustafa,with his associates hurling bricks at the head constable,police said.

Manoj pulled out his service pistol in defence,but “Mustafa and his associates overpowered him and snatched the pistol”,an officer said. They shot at Manoj and fled the spot,police said.

A villager made a PCR call and Manoj was rushed to Ayushman Hospital. He is stable and out of danger,doctors said.

“He has sustained head and leg injuries as well and has been given stitches. He has a bullet injury on his hand. His condition is stable and he will be discharged soon,” a doctor at the hospital said.

A case under IPC sections and the Arms Act has been registered.

Manoj joined the Delhi Police in 1995 and was recently promoted to the post of head constable. He is posted with the Anti-Auto Theft Squad.

Bus jumps red light,runs over traffic constable

An on-duty Traffic police constable was run over by a bus,which dragged him for 15 to 20 yards before stopping,on Monday morning. Constable Ratan Pal was declared dead on arrival at Moolchand Hospital,where doctors said he suffered severe head injuries.

Pal was managing traffic under the Lajpat Nagar flyover on the Ring Road around 7 am when an orange low-floor bus,under the cluster bus system,ran him over.

Eyewitnesses told police that Pal was standing near the traffic signal when the bus driver jumped the traffic light. The driver,Somvir (24),lost control of the vehicle and crushed Pal under the wheels.

Somvir,who has been arrested,told police that he did not see the constable standing on the road. “The bus was plying on route number 410 (between Khanpur to Jal Vihar). The driver was trying to overtake another vehicle and jumped the signal,resulting in the accident. Passersby raised an alarm and informed the driver,” a police officer said.

Pal is survived by wife Suman (40) and three teenage children — two sons and a daughter.

Police said Pal joined the force in December 1987. he was transferred to the Lajpat Nagar traffic circle in May.

Pal’s sister-in-law Purva Devi said: “ On Monday morning,Ratan left for office quite early as he had a bus to catch. He did not have a traffic police bike or a personal vehicle and travelled by DTC bus. I last spoke to him was on Sunday night. He was very happy for his son who enroled in a college recently.”

Later in the day,traffic police officers,including the DCP,visited Pal’s family in Devli village,Khanpur. One of his colleagues remembered Pal as a simple person,who did not talk much.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Ajay Chaudhary said: “The constable was on duty. We have arrested the driver of the bus. The body was handed over to the family.”

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