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Lawyer who killed Kanpur cop got firearm licence while in jail

A probe has been ordered into how lawyer Saurabh Verma,who shot dead sub-inspector Devendra Kumar and injured a constable with his licenced revolver inside Naubasta police outpost on Thursday night,had procured firearms licence.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow |
March 31, 2012 7:13:48 am

A probe has been ordered into how lawyer Saurabh Verma,who shot dead sub-inspector (S-I) Devendra Kumar and injured a constable with his licenced revolver inside Naubasta police outpost on Thursday night,had procured firearms licence.

Verma has several criminal cases pending against him and is learnt to have procured the arms licence while he was in jail in 2004.

Kanpur SP (City) Umesh Kumar Singh told The Indian Express that the lawyer has been jailed thrice in cases related to robbery and the Gangster Act registered at Chakeri and Barra police stations of the city earlier.

Kanpur Additional District Magistrate (ADM) City Shailendra Singh said he has ordered a probe into the procedure through which Verma was issued the licence in 2004. The probe will find out if there were lapses behind issuing him the licence and the reasons behind the police and the administration not recommending for cancellation of the licence if the person was facing criminal cases,the ADM City said.

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SP (City) Singh said Verma was in a drunken state when he was brought to the police outpost by S-I Devendra and constable Mohan Baghel late on Thursday.

Verma was threatening his father to shoot himself with his revolver. The policemen did not search him when he was brought to the outpost. He allegedly misbehaved with the S-I and indulged in a fight with him. As Devendra tried to overpower him,Verma fired two bullets in his head.

The assailant fired at constable Baghel too,who sustained bullet injuries in his hand. Constable Satyabhan hit Verma with his rifle’s butt and overpowered him,the SP (City) added.

The S-I later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

A group of lawyers gathered outside the district court and demanded a probe into the reasons behind Saurabh Verma shooting at the policemen.

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