Two constables chase on bike and foot, catch one of the accused

Two passers-by suffered bullet injuries when a chain-snatcher duo opened fire at policemen who were giving them chase.

The chain-snatchers were trying to evade arrest by the policemen who first chased them on a motorcycle and then on foot for over a kilometre before managing to nab one of them at Jagatpuri in East Delhi on Monday morning.

The police said they had placed additional barrier to check the rising number of chain-snatching cases.

“Two constables, Arvind and Shyam, were keeping a watch at one of the pickets when they noticed a motorcycle approaching from the Anand Vihar side. Both persons were wearing helmets and as soon as they noticed the policemen, they sped past even after being asked to stop. Arvind and Shyam immediately started a chase on their motorcycle,” said a police officer.

“The accused were forced to stop at the nearby Balmiki Chowk as a vehicle was blocking their way. The two constables then rammed their bike in order to prevent them from speeding away,” the officer added.

As a result, the two motorcycles and their riders fell. Sensing that they would be captured, one of the accused pulled out a pistol and warned the policemen to keep off. Even though the policemen did not move, the accused fired thrice before running away from the spot, the officer said.

One bullet each hit two passers-by on the thigh and hand. They have been admitted to a hospital. The two policemen also suffered minor injuries as a result of the fall.

The two constables also tried to fire at the accused but missed them. Immediately after firing, the two accused separated and started running in different directions.

The policemen let go off one identified as Sahil and instead focused on the other one -- Dhananjay.

After chasing him for over a kilometre, the cops caught him from near a bus stand. Dhananjay is alleged to be involved in 28 cases of robberies and snatchings.

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