THREE UNIDENTIFIED persons shot a police constable and wounded another at the Pashan Sus Road on Saturday, while they were stopped by the constables for routine questioning. Police said that the three men then fled the spot.
The officers were admitted in a local hospital but are said to be out of danger.
The incident took place when the two constables from the Chatushrungi police station, Baban Gund and Amar Shaikh, were patrolling Sus Road area. Gund said in his statement, “Constable Shaikh and I were on patrol around 8 pm. We went up the hill and after walking some distance, saw three persons walking towards us. We found them suspicious and started questioning them. Suddenly, one of them took out an air gun and fired at me. The pellet hit me on the right rib. The other two started beating constable Shaikh.”
“The person who had fired at me hit Shaikh with the butt of the gun on his forehead. We tried to catch them but they fled,” he added. The police said the two constables were unarmed at the time.
The two immediately called senior officers from the police station and were later rushed to a hospital in a police vehicle. Gund was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit due to the pellet injury. He later registered an FIR. Local police and Crime Branch launched a probe immediately. A police dog was also brought to hunt for clues and some criminals on police record from the nearby areas were rounded up.
Senior inspector Dayanand Dhome, in-charge of Chatushrungi police station, said, “We have formed three teams to probe into various aspects of the case. Till now, we do not have any concrete information about the suspects. We have their descriptions and our teams are working on them.”
Asked why the constables weren’t carrying arms, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Chatushrungi Division) Vaishali Jadhav, said, “They were not as they belong to the detection branch and are not from the regular patrolling teams.”
The hill on Pashan-Sus Road buzzes with morning and evening walkers, especially senior citizens. After several incidents of chain-snatching on this road, local police increased the patrolling in the area.
As the road is also an entry point into the city from the Katraj Road bypass, CCTV cameras have been installed for surveillance.