Cop recalls horror as bootleggers trapped them, killed 1

A day after police arrested a bootlegger for allegedly beating to death a constable posted with the Excise department, three more persons were detained on Sunday.

Police said at least eight others were on the run and said teams had been formed to nab them.

On Friday night, Vinod Kumar (48) was allegedly beaten to death by bootleggers in a jungle in Ghitorni village of Vasant Kunj. He and his men were chasing two bootleggers carrying liquor in their Wagon R car. Police had received a tip-off that illegal liquor was being transported in the Wagon R.

According to police, the incident took place around 1.45 am. Kumar, constable Sokhinder and two civilians, Pawan and Mukesh, were travelling in Pawan's Santro car near Andheria More in South Delhi.

Speaking to Newsline, Sokhinder said, "We had just returned from a raid and another team, which was in a separate car, had headed home. We were on our way to drop Mukesh, who lives in Dwarka. Pawan was driving the car. Suddenly, we got information that a car carrying liquor would be passing by Andheria More. Just then, we noticed the car and began following the vehicle. Once the car took a U-turn, we intercepted the vehicle and got off. We showed the two men seated inside our ID cards and asked them to get off. We checked their car as well. The vehicle had several cartons of country-made liquor. Just then, the driver sped off. We then began following them."

"The Wagon R was being driven fast, but we gave chase. They led us into a jungle in Ghitorni, where we stopped. They hit our vehicle in an attempt to stop us from following them. In the jungle, I was the first to get off. Out of nowhere, I felt a hard blow on my hand and I began screaming. In the meantime, 10 to 12 men surrounded us and began hurling stones at us. We didn't know how to get out of there because by then they had caught Kumar and Pawan. Pawan has suffered a fracture in his arm," he said.

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