Delhi policeman shot dead by property dealers

September 29th, 2011 - 8:46 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) A Delhi Police constable was killed when two property dealers he prevented from grabbing land broke into his house and shot him five times, police said Thursday. One of the assailants has been arrested, and a search is on for the other.

Responding to a call around 11.30 p.m. reporting about a quarrel at Nangli Vihar in west Delhi, police found Tanvir, who was posted at Ranhola police Station, lying dead in his one-room accommodation.

It was found that Tanvir returned to his room around 10.30 p.m. after his duty hours.

“After inspection of the scene of crime, it was found that five empty cartridges were lying in the room and there were five bullet marks on Tanvir’s body,” said Additional Commissioner of Police V. Renganathan,

Police formed ten teams and deployed them to crack the murder.

It was found that two property agents, Ravinder and Pradeep Sharma, both residents of village Baprolla, had a grudge against Tanvir as he had prevented them from grabbing the land of the plot owners in the area.

The agents Aug 22 tried to prevent Shyam Bir from constructing a boundary wall on his 50 sq. yard plot, claiming that it was theirs.

However, Tanvir reached the spot and arrested Ravinder for breach of peace, while Pradeep fled from the spot.

The agents planned to take revenge. Finding Tanvir alone in his room Wednesday, they shot him with home-made pistols they had.

Police swung on their trail and managed to arrest Sharma.

“Sharma was arrested from Najafgarh in west Delhi at around 5.45 a.m. Thursday with the weapon of offence,” said Renganathan.

He confessed his involvement in the murder. Ravinder is still on the run.

Tanvir joined Delhi Police in 2003 and was posted to Ranhola two years ago. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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