Two motorcycle-riding men fire at cops, flee

February 20th, 2008 - 11:16 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Two unidentified motorcycle-riding men shot at police personnel in the capital and escaped after a nearly half-an-hour chase, which seemed straight out of a Bollywood flick. Around 12.30 p.m., three policemen Roop Kishor, Lalit and Jagdeesh deployed with police control room (PCR) van stopped the duo in Patparganj area in east Delhi as their motorbike had different vehicle registration numbers on the front and rear number plates.

The two, in their 20s, first tried to strike a deal with the policemen and even asked them to talk to their lawyer on their cell phone.

As the policemen paid no heed, the duo tried to flee, leaving their motorcycle behind. And when the police neared them, they opened fire. The cops, however, escaped unhurt.

The two then robbed the motorcycle of a Reliance Fresh executive, who was passing by, and fled the scene.

A witness, who did not wish to be named, said: “The duo fired at least seven-eight gun shots at the policemen, but there was no retaliatory firing from the opposite side. The policemen were just saving their lives.”

“Thankfully, there was hardly anyone nearby, otherwise it could have resulted in a bigger tragedy,” the witness said.

The police said they cordoned off the area and a search was on to nab the culprits. However, they refused to comment on why the policemen didn’t act swiftly.

“It is a matter of investigation and we will not reveal anything about the probe. We have got some possible clues and a search is on,” a police official said.

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