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One points gun at cop, another attacks constable with knife.
In a dramatic escape, four thieves, in the middle of a house break-in, played hide and seek with ten constables, before fleeing in a tempo in the early hours of Friday in Dombivli. The police entered in 5 pairs of two each. One pair caught one of the thieves, but two of his accomplices managed to rescue him from them. One of the thieves pointed a gun at a cop and the other attacked the second cop with a knife.
Just two carbines between them, the ten constables faced an unexpected five rounds of firing from thieves once again bringing to fore lack of ammunition with the police.
"Every incident teaches us something. We will try to equip one in every two policemen in future," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Parag Maner.
Two hours before dawn, the night patrolling team around Ayodhya Nagar in Dombivli got a call from the control room urging them to move towards the society where a house break-in was reported. The caller did not identify the building where the thieves had been spotted, but confirmed that they were four men roaming in two pairs. Ten constables reached the spot and began searching for them. With no correct location available, these constables split into groups of two each.
"The constables, who were at the building where the thieves were found, were unarmed. The thieves retaliated when they were cornered," added Deputy Commissioner of Police Maner. Two constables ducked and escaped the bullets.
Assistant Sub-Inspector Isaque Sheikh was one of the unarmed cops who reached the spot where one of the thieves was hiding in the basement. "We apprehended him and were moving towards the exit when three of his accomplices reached from the other end. One of them pointed a gun at my temple and the other used a chopper on another policeman. We both ducked, but we lost the thief whom we cornered," Sheikh said. The cops have noted the silver make of the pistol used by the thieves. "They kept running and firing at us. They must have fired at least five rounds," he said.