A couple of private security guards of Indraprastha power plant in Central Delhis IP Estate area showed exemplary courage to chase a group of five thieves,who were trying to steal metal planks from the unit,and catch them.
Police said guard Banwari,who is from Aligarh in UP,was on duty on the intervening night of September 14-15 when he heard whispers in the scrapyard.
In the pre-dawn darkness,he couldnt see who were whispering. He calculated from the voices that there could be five to six men. As he closed in,he noticed them carrying metal planks on their backs and shoulders,and trying to flee, an officer said.
He raised his gun and told the men to halt and drop the scrap metal. But two of the five men came charging at him,shouting kill,kill, the police officer said.
In defence,Banwari fired two shots in the air,which prompted the thieves to run for the lives. The gunshots alerted the other security guard,Vishnu Pratap,who was away in another section of the power plant.
Pratap immediately raised an alarm and joined Banwari. They took off in the direction the thieves had fled. Soon,they could see the five men and kept running behind them.
The thieves ran along the railway tracks and scaled the wall of a Delhi Jal Board office. From there ,they ran towards a tempo parked on a service lane.
In the meantime,supervisors of the guards alerted police and two policemen on motorcycles joined the hunt.
Around 4 am and after a two-km chase,the guards and the policemen managed to catch the thieves on Ring Road,fleeing on the tempo loaded with four quintals of scrap metal.
The members of the gang admitted that they had stolen metal scraps in the past,too,police claimed.
Banwari and Pratap work for the same private firm that provides security to the power plant.