A man accused of chain-snatching allegedly committed suicide in Narela after police personnel cornered him and asked him to surrender around 1.30 pm on Monday. The man,identified as Kuldeep,also shot at a constable who was giving chase in Outer Delhis Narela area,police said.
According to police,constables Satender,Kishor and Prabhat were on patrolling duty in the area when they spotted Kuldeep speeding on a motorcycle after snatching a chain.
When they flagged him down,he accelerated in a bid to escape.
Reacting swiftly,the beat staff put their motorcycle in front of his vehicle,but the accused left his motorcycle and started running. Satender tried to grab the collar of the accuseds shirt and tried to overpower him. But Kuldeep fired at Satender and the bullet hit his neck, Joint Commissioner of Police (Northern Range) Virender Singh Chahal said.
Satender was rushed to Raja Harishchandra Hospital by Prabhat while constable Kishor chased Kuldeep.
To evade arrest,Kuldeep started firing at constable Kishor,police said. Constable Kishor chased the assailant for nearly a kilometre. On the way,the the snatcher went inside a building in Pocket-1,Sector A9,Narela,near State Bank of Hyderabad.
Constable Kishore called the Narela police station and alerted personnel posted there. A team headed by the Narela SHO and personnel from other police stations in Outer Delhi reached the spot and cornered Kuldeep in that building,Chahal said.
Finding no escape route,Kuldeep started firing at the personnel,police said.
After some time,when he found that the building had been surrounded by police,he shot himself with his country-made pistol,police said. He shot himself on the temple and was rushed to the hospital soon after,where he was declared dead on arrival, police said.
Kuldeep was wanted in nine cases of vehicle theft and snatching,police said.