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Bike-borne assailants fire at Hindi news channel team

For about a kilometre, the attackers chased the vehicle and then turned away

New Delhi: Three shots were fired at the crew of a Hindi news channel by unidentified men on Barapullah Road in South Delhi.

Police have registered a case and transferred that to Crime Branch for further probe. Three policemen were also suspended for their negligence in duty.

No arrest has been made in the case so far. The incident took place late on Saturday night when the team - a reporter, cameraman and driver - were in the cab.

Meanwhile, when they reached the Barapullah flyover two armed men on a motorbike approached their car. On seeing a pistol in the bike rider's hand, the crew tried speeding, on which the biker fired at their car. The first bullet hit the gate, second hit the driver side window and the third one missed.

According to victim reporter Siddharth Purohit, they sped the vehicle but when he looked back, the attackers were chasing them. Till one kilometre, there was no police presence. For about a kilometre, the attackers chased the vehicle and then turned away.

"At Delhi Haat, we saw the police near a checking barricades. I told them (police) about the incident. The policemen clicked the picture of the car and then went in their gypsy," added the reporter.

The reporter also said that PCR vehicle also came very later after alerting them.

According to Delhi Police, in the incident reported at Barapulla, case has been registered immediately and several teams constituted to work on it.

"Three policemen on picket duty suspended for lack of prompt response. Investigation transferred to Crime Branch. Senior officers closely supervising the case," police said.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern range) Devesh Srivastava said that they will not tolerate any negligence in duty from policemen and departmental action will be taken. "Best officers are working in the case from two districts," said Joint CP. After the incident, Joint CP and other senior officers visited the spot. "Survey was done to increase the police visibility in the area," police said.

In a video which was shot after the incident it can be seen that the bullet mark was visible at the car and also window glass were lying into pieces. Policemen were seen inquiring with the victim in the case. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Parvinder Singh said that they have registered the case and sketches of the assilants being made.

According to investigating agency, they are probing the case from different angle including robbery, car jacking.

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