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Braveheart cop gunned down by ‘liquor mafia’?

The accused were later identified as 28-year-old Malkiat (alias Lala) and 20-year-old Govind (alias Nikku) and arrested by the police. They are suspected to be members of a liquor mafia because the deceased officer, identified as Karamveer Singh, had reportedly received a tip-off about the movements of members of a liquor mafia on a motorbike, said a police official.

He further said that Karamveer, along with a home guard, were manning a check post near the Jhangola village. Around 12.40 am, two bike-borne youths approached the check-post and they were carrying a carton of liquor. When they were asked to stop, they changed direction and tried to flee.

When Karamveer and the home guard started chasing them, the pillion rider whipped out a pistol and fired at the cops. The bullet hit Karamveer on his chest and he collapsed on the ground.

In his statement, the home guard told the police that the accused fled towards Jhangola village. Karamveer was rushed to the Satyawadi Raja Harish Chandra Hospital in Narela, where he was declared brought dead. Later, when a police team went to Jhangola village in search of the assailants, they villagers allegedly pelted stones on them. A head constable, identified as Joginder Singh, suffered a head injury after a stone hit him. He was rushed to the hospital too. “A case has been registered under relevant sections of the law and raids are being conducted to nab the assailants as soon as possible,” the official added.

Constable Karamveer belonged to Kidwana village in Rajasthan. He joined Delhi Police as a constable (executive) in March 2006. He his survived by his wife and two sons, aged five and seven years.

Records of Delhi Police reveal that in the year 2014, as many as three police officials were shot dead by criminals and ten lost their lives in accidents. The accidents include cases in which officers posted at pickets were crushed to death by irresponsible drivers and alleged criminals.

In December 2013, a police official was shot dead by alleged members of a liquor mafia in east Delhi. His family was later given a compensation of Rs 1 crore by then chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
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