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Constable shot dead in busy market

Eyewitnesses: Assailants came wearing helmets, they cut cop’s holster and made off with his pistol

Police at the scene of crime in Maujpur, Northeast Delhi (Source: Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)
Police at the scene of crime in Maujpur, Northeast Delhi (Source: Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

A Delhi Police constable was shot dead at point-blank range by two persons in a busy market area in Maujpur, Northeast Delhi, on Saturday afternoon.

Police said the two assailants were waiting outside a clothing store, which the constable, Dharampal, had entered earlier.

According to eyewitnesses the accused had parked their bike, a Pulsar, 10 metres away from Dharampal’s bike. Dharampal walked out of the clothing store, ‘Garg Cheap Cut Piece House’, around 12.45 pm and got onto his bike. The assailants who were right behind Dharampal shot him twice in the right side of his head, police said.

“Dharampal, who was the beat constable of the area, had come to my shop around 12.30 pm. He spoke to me for a while and then left. However, a few minutes later I heard two gunshots and people screaming. By the time I ran out, Dharampal was lying on the road in a pool of blood. His bike, which had fallen on top of him, was switched on,” Sanjay Garg, the store’s owner said.

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Residents and police rushed Dharampal to Guru Tegh Bahadur hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Eyewitnesses said Dharampal had started his bike and was making a call on his cell phone, when the assailants, who were wearing helmets, walked up behind him and shot him. They then cut the holster on Dharampal’s waist, took his gun and drove off on their bike.

“No one saw their faces because of the helmets they were wearing. As they were armed, no one tried to stop them,” Preetam Singh, an eyewitness said.

Police said they are accessing Dharampal’s call data records along with CCTV footage from cameras along Seelampur road and the inner lanes.

A case of murder under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered. Police are probing all possible angles including that of personal enmity or if Dharampal made any enemies while overseeing one his cases.

“Dharampal was deployed at Jafrabad police station around three weeks back. He was going about on his rounds and meeting people. This incident has alerted all of us as it looks like Dharampal’s assailants had been tracking his movements and planned their attack accordingly,” the officer said.

Dharampal was a 2010 batch constable. He was staying at the barracks attached to the police station. Earlier, he was posted at Bhajanpura police station.

Dharampal is survived by his parents, three sisters and a bother who live in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh. Police said his family has been informed and the body will be handed over to them after the autopsy.