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Delhi firing: Doubts persist over police theory

Jul 29, 2013 10:50 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Two days after a drive to check stunt motorcyclists turned into a fatal shooting by the Delhi Police, questions are now being raised. As to whether the shooting was necessary, or worse, if the police pretended the motorcyclists had attacked them to justify the killing. Raising suspicions is the police theory that the PCR van was vandalised after its window pane was broken by a brick. But reports indicate no brick was found inside the van.

Though the police concede the situation could have been handled better, they maintain they had no choice but to open fire.

In the past one month alone, there have been seven incidents of rioting by motorcyclists, and over 1000 bikers have been challaned for dangerous driving.

"The incident is unfortunate. We'll take strict steps to check this, impound vehicles, educate bikers," said Anil Shukla, Additional Commissioner of Traffic Police.

Meanwhile, an autopsy was conducted on the body Karan Sharma, the pillion rider who was shot dead by the police. The motorcyclist, Nitin Sharma, who is still in hospital is likely to be arrested upon discharge.

"I'am very sad. He made a mistake. He would leave the house without informing anyone. He would lock his room and go out without telling us," said Karan's parents.

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