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A 19-year-old youth, Karan Pandey, was killed and another injured when police reportedly opened fire in an attempt to stop a group of over a hundred motorcyclists from performing stunts in the high-security area near Janpath in the early hours of Sunday. The injured has been identified as Puneet Sharma.
According to the police, at 2:07 am, a police control room (PCR) vehicle patrolling the area saw the group, on about 35-40 motorcycles, performing stunts near the Gole Dak Khana. The police followed the motorcyclists till the Hotel Le Meridien roundabout.
The night checking officer of the PCR unit was reportedly passing through the area. The officer, Inspector Rajnish Parmar, was with his gunner, Sudarshan Singh, and driver, Amar Singh.
The police said Parmar made an announcement asking the motorcyclists to disperse. But the youths reportedly began pelting stones and damaged the PCR van. Parmar then reportedly made another announcement, and also fired in the air with his service revolver. While some motorcyclists dispersed, the remaining continued to perform stunts, said the police.
"The police control room was informed that about 150-odd motorcyclists had begun pelting stones at the police vehicle. While some motorcyclists dispersed, the remaining, including Karan and Puneet, continued to perform stunts. The Inspector fired a shot in an attempt to deflate the tyre of the motorcycle. But Puneet performed a 'wheelie' (riding on one wheel) because of which Karan, the pillion rider, came in the range of the bullet that was fired. The bullet hit him in the back, and grazed past Puneet's waist on the left side," said Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.
According to the police, even after being shot, Puneet continued riding his motorcycle. The police chased him and intercepted the motorcycle at the Gole Dak Khana roundabout. The two were rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, where Karan succumbed to his injuries.