India: Delhi cop fatally shot man who was filming him while drinking in uniform

Dubai: An intoxicated police official shot a 28-year-old man dead, in the Indian capital of Delhi, because he was filming the him drinking in uniform, with another cop. Social media users shared reports about the incident that took place near a hotel in Budh Vihar community, on Thursday. Many were outraged at the police brutality.

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A Facebook user @Rahath commented: “What happened is so unfair. See, you guys are not less than a criminal!”

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Reportedly, a 47-year-old police official, Surender, who served at Shahbad Dairy police station in Delhi was arrested in connection with the murder, and has been dismissed from the service.

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The victim was identified as Deepak Gehlawat, who was also inebriated at the time of the incident.

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Talking to local reporters, Delhi police said: “The accused fired at the victim as he was video-recording the policemen while they were drinking in uniform. He objected to being filmed in uniform, and asked Gehlawat to stop recording. However, when Gehlawat continued recording the video, a quarrel broke out between them during which Surender fired bullets at him.”

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Gehlawat suffered injuries on his left forearm and upper chest. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead, police said.

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Facebook user @Firoz Ahmed posted: “Government should punish such criminals. I’m sure since he is police official, authorities will support him.”

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And, Senthil Kumar commented: “Dismissal is not enough. He should be punished and such crimes should not happen again. No safety for public!”

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Police added that the accused did not submit his service pistol after completing his duty, and later it was seized.

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