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A sub-inspector was shot dead during a raid to arrest an absconding criminal early Monday, police said. The deceased Akhtar Khan, 40, was leading a team, which raided a hideout of wanted criminals Fukran and Javed at Nai Abadi area of Dadri, 30 km from Delhi.
Khan was the first to enter the suspects’ house.
“As soon as he stepped in to the suspect’s house, some of them started firing. Khan was shot in the neck and collapsed at the spot. The raiding party took cover and fired retaliatory shots but the suspects managed to flee. Khan was rushed to the Dadri government hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival,” said Anurag Singh, deputy superintendent of police, Dadri.
The suspects were wanted in cases of armed robberies.
Khan was posted as the in charge of Kot police post of Dadri area. He had joined the force in 1998 as a constable and cleared the internal exams to become a sub inspector. He hailed from Aligarh.
“His family was informed about the incident. Deputy Inspector General Meerut Range Laxmi Singh arrived the city following the incident. We have registered a case against unidentified persons and multiple teams are formed to arrest the suspects,” said Singh.
The Director General of Police Javeed Ahmad paid his condolence to the martyr policeman on Twitter. He wrote “A brave police officer laid down his life in the line of duty. SALUTE SI AKHTAR KHAN (sic).”
Police said Khan’s body was sent for postmortem and will be handed over to his family soon. He is survived by his wife and two children.