An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of Delhi Police was allegedly shot at by a group of robbers in east Delhi’s Preet Vihar in the small hours of Friday, the police said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Pankaj Singh said ASI Lokesh (57) was on night patrolling duty in Preet Vihar along with a guard when the incident happened.

Neighbour raises alarm

Mr. Lokesh received a call around 2 a.m. The caller said six to seven men had entered a house owned by one Himanshu Jain in Preet Vihar’s G-block to commit robbery, the officer said.

Mr. Lokesh, who was closest to the location, responded first. Other PCR vans were also alerted.

The accused were cutting the iron grill of a window to enter the house when a neighbour saw them and raised an alarm, the police said.

Following this, Mr. Lokesh reached the spot and found some men hiding in the corridor of the house.

“Mr. Lokesh asked them to surrender. The men tried to flee but he nabbed one of them. At this, the other miscreants returned and one of them fired at him. A bullet that hit Mr. Lokesh in the left arm,” said Mr. Singh.

Meanwhile, a PCR van reached the spot and opened fire at the accused, who managed to flee, the police said.

Mr. Lokesh, who is undergoing treatment, is said to be out of danger, the police added.

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