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He didn’t know how to ride a bike, says dead biker’s mother

The family of the stunt biker who was shot dead by officials of Delhi police in the wee hours of Sunday has demanded life imprisonment for the guilty officer.

Eighteen-year-old Karan Pandey, a resident of south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar, was shot dead around 2.30 am near Le Meridien Hotel on Windsor Place, Janpath.

He was doing a course in Computer from NIIT and ran a business in property dealings with his mother. His parents have been divorced for the past nine years and Karan used to live with his mother. He had a sister who is married.

According to the police, inspector Rajneesh Parmar of the police control room, who was on night duty fired from his revolver in a bid to puncture the motorcycle’s rear tyre, but it instead hit the victim, Karan Pandey, on his back.

‘Some warning shots were fired in the air to disperse the bikers. But when the group still continued with their stunts, the police official tried to puncture the tyre of one of the bikes,’ said an official of Delhi police.

The bike rider, Puneet Sharma (20) also fell off the bike and suffered bruises. Both Sharma and Pandey were taken to a hospital. The other bikers sped away.

Karan’s family has demanded life imprisonment for the guilty officer. ‘They have killed my son. The guilty officer should get life imprisonment,’ Karan’s mother Manju Pandey said. ‘He did not even know how to ride a bike, he drove a car,’ she added.

She also further added that she did not know when Karan left the house. ‘He went to sleep last night at 11:30 pm. I don’t know when he went out, because he sleeps downstairs,’ she said.
‘Police came to our home around 6.30 am on Sunday. They said Karan had been injured in an accident and is in RML hospital (Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital). When I went there, they said he was dead,’ Manju Pandey added.

Pointing towards the police officials, the injured Punit’s mother Kusumlata Sharma said, ‘If they had done something wrong, police could have arrested them. Why did they have to fire?’. She added that Punit had left home around 11 pm on Saturday and said he would not return that night.

When questioned, Karan’s neighbours in Khirki Extension of Malviya Nagar said, ‘He never created any trouble in the neighbourhood, and nobody had any clue that he was into stunt biking.’
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