Cops arrest man who fired at their PCR van

Almost a week after a PCR van was fired at by occupants of a pick-up van to stop police from chasing them, an alleged attacker was arrested during the wee hours of Thursday.

The vehicle used by the gang in the shoot-out too has been recovered.On sensing the presence of a police team, the driver of the Mahindra Bolero had allegedly tried to first speed away, but soon turned the wheels away from the road into bushes.

But they could not make it till far and attempted to escape by foot, abandoning the vehicle. While others managed to escape in the dark, 35-year-old Jamshed was nabbed.

The earlier incident which put police on the trail of this gang dates back to April 24. Policemen in a PCR van had signaled a Bolero car to stop on noticing the vehicle being driven rashly near south-east Delhi’s New Friends Colony.
 Instead, the vehicle allegedly hit the PCR van and tried to run over some policemen before police could launch a chase.

All the PCR vans in the area were immediately alerted and the offending vehicle was soon sighted in Jaitpur.

Just when they were to be intercepted by a PCR van, the gang fired at the team. Police did fire back, but were unable to stop them. An FIR was filed and the assailants were soon identified as a Mewati gang that indulged in cattle theft and robberies.

On Wednesday, the anti-robbery cell of Crime Branch learnt that the gang, led by Abuzar, would arrive at Fatehpur Beri at midnight for yet another cattle robbery.

A trap was laid and one of the accused nabbed around 1.20 am on Thursday while his accomplices managed to escape. Jamshed has been arrested in the past by Rajasthan Police for illegal mining and later by Faridabad Police for stealing cattle.

He again spent 13 months in jail for allegedly attempting to murder some people at his village in Faridabad, but the two parties settled the matter in court and he was released.

 He then joined Abuzar’s gang that was alleged to have fired at police.

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