Cop shot at, saved by bulletproof vest

Police team fires back, history-sheeter overpowered

A Delhi Police sub-inspector was shot at by a wanted criminal in west Delhi’s Pashim Vihar. The officer, however, escaped unhurt due to his bulletproof jacket, police said on Thursday.

The attack occurred when sub-inspector Virender Singh was along with his team on Wednesday to nab Wazirpur-resident Sunil, 32, who was carrying a cash reward of Rs 50,000.

A trap was laid after secret information was received that Sunil would come to meet his associates. “Soon, Sunil came in a Hyundai Verna car and was seen waiting for his associate,”

The police team then challenged him and advised him to surrender. But Sunil took out a pistol, fired a shot at Virender and tried to escape in his car.

“The bullet hit Virender’s bulletproof jacket,” Yadav added. In the meantime, head constable Sanjay Kumar and head constable Harvinder Singh also took out their service weapons.

They fired one shot each and managed to overpower Sunil after brief scuffle. A .32 bore pistol along with four loaded cartridges were recovered from him.

“The car was found to be stolen from Pashim Vihar,” Yadav said. Sunil, convicted of life imprisonment in the case of murder happened in the jurisdiction of Sarai Rohilla police station, had managed to get parole in 2010 on the pretext of filing appeal against the order. “He was released on parole, but never returned to jail,” Yadav added.

He was involved in a series of serious and heinous armed robberies, and managed to evade arrest for past three years. Sunil further told police that he procured the pistol from a man named Karnail Singh.

Karnail was subsequently arrested. He has criminal history since 1990, and is involved in 76 cases of robbery, snatching, auto theft and NDPS Act in several police stations.

“Karnail was released on bail in May 2013 after which he reorganised his gang by inducting new members,” Yadav said.

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