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Delhi court firing: Juveniles gun down cop

As the Bill to lower the age of juveniles for trial as adults in heinous crimes waits the consent of the President, a gang of notorious criminals in South-East Delhi used four juveniles to settle scores with their rival inside the Karkardooma court complex on Wednesday morning.

The juveniles came to eliminate Irfan, a rival gang member lodged in Tihar Jail, in the court premises. They fired seven rounds inside the court room out of which five hit a policeman killing him on the spot. Irfan, who also received bullet injuries, is battling for life in a private hospital.

All the four were arrested from the spot following the initiative of the presiding magistrate and lawyers present inside the court room.  

The four juveniles fired at Irfan at the behest of Naseer Iqbal, who operates in the Sarita Vihar area of South-East Delhi. Irfan, alias Chanu Pehalwan, was friends with Naseer Iqbal but they fell out in November following which Iqbal paid the juveniles money to eliminate Irfan. Naseer’s gang has since shifted base and is currently alleged to be involved in snatching-related crimes in Jafarabad area.

According to an eye-witness who was present at court number 72, adjacent to the spot where the firing took place, the four juveniles sneaked in with a country-made pistol (katta) and a revolver inside the main building from the backside of the court complex. They started firing at Irfan at around 11.15 am. He was accompanied by head constable Ram Kanwar Meena and a court clerk. The bullet hit Ram Kanwar and Irfan, who was inside court number 73 of Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Gupta, on a production warrant.

The lawyer who witnessed the incident told Millennium Post that out of the four juveniles, two boys went inside the courtroom while the other two kept guard outside. 

Seeing them fire at Irfan, the Magistrate reportedly flunked a chair at one of the juveniles and taking a cue, several lawyers gathered around and started beating up all the four juveniles and handed them over to the local police.

In the incident, Ram Kanwar suffered five bullet injuries on his chest and was rushed to Dr Hedgewar Aarogya Sansthan where he was declared brought dead. The court clerk suffered minor injuries while he was trying to run away from the courtroom.

Meanwhile, Irfan who suffered two bullet injuries has been admitted to a private hospital in Patparganj where his condition is stated to be critical. The Delhi government made an announcement to give Rs 1 crore compensation to the family of the deceased head constable.

On December 14, an attempt to kill Irfan was foiled by the police when he was being taken to the Amroha court in Uttar Pradesh for hearing in a criminal case, said a police official. 

A case has been registered at the Farsh Bazaar police station against the accused persons. The police have initiated a probe into the matter.
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