Delhi: Policemen forget weapons at robbery spot, criminals escape freely
In a big blunder by the Delhi Police, some policemen forgot to carry their weapons to a robbery spot. Due to their goof-up, the accused were able to flee easily, leading to the suspension of the three policemen. The incident took place last week on Saturday night, when armed robbers barged in a farmhouse at Sainik Farms in Delhi. Here's what happened.
Four gunmen barge in, take domestic helps hostage
On Saturday, four armed men broke into a farmhouse in Sainik Farms, which is owned by a senior citizen, Deepak Hada (73). After barging in, the men took one domestic help, Ramesh Kumar, hostage, and tied him up. They then entered the house and found another domestic help, Sunil Kumar, and tied him up too after thrashing, and then went to find Hada's wife.
Woman locks herself in bathroom, gives cupboard keys to robbers
The senior citizen, who was in Kolkata when the incident happened, told media that as his 67-year-old wife got wind of the robbers, she locked herself in the bathroom. The men broke down her bedroom's door and kept knocking on the bathroom door. She pleaded the men to leave but they asked for the cupboard keys. She complied and they then ransacked the house.
Ramesh contacts police, cops forget weapons, return to station
Meanwhile, Ramesh managed to run away to get help. He reached the Neb Sarai police station, which was 150 meters away from the house. After questioning Ramesh, two policemen accompanied him to the house. However, upon reaching the cops realized they have forgotten to bring the weapons. They told Ramesh to stay alert as they went back to the station to get more personnel.
Robbers fled with Rs. 15L worth goods before police returned
Ramesh had asked the policemen to take him along with them, but they left him alone. The robbers fled the house around 2.15 am with cash and jewelry worth Rs. 15 lakh, before the police could return. After this incident, three policemen, including the duty officer of Neb Sarai police station, were suspended as they went to the house without their weapons.
DCP (south) Vijay Kumar defends the erring policemen
It was also learned that when the policemen returned to the station, they didn't inform their senior. Surprisingly, the DCP (south) Vijay Kumar defended the policemen, saying, "The men went to verify the complainant's allegations...After they did, they returned to call more policemen and weapons. The accused escaped in 15 minutes." "We are probing the case and have some strong leads," he added.
'I have never heard of something like this'
A case has been registered in connection with the loot, Kumar further said. Meanwhile, Hada expressed shock at the police response. "The police response is shocking. I have never heard of something like this - policemen forgetting to carry their weapons," he said.