Three days after the death of a police inspector on duty here, police personnel have been directed to carry with them their service weapons while on duty.
Issuing a directive on Monday, Inspector General of Police R P Upadhyaya said: “Inspector-level officers on night checking will now be accompanied by two additional armed policemen, a driver and a PSO.
All the policemen will have to report on duty in uniform.” Inspector Sucha Singh did not carry his service weapon on Friday night when he and his driver Jatinder Singh were stabbed by suspended constable Basant Singh.
Upadhyaya told the officers to be cautious of any suspicious person, even if accompanied by a woman, as they could be a potential threat. He asked them to verify their antecedents and study their body language.
Before night-checks, all officers are asked to gather at the headquarters and be briefed by a DSP-level officer. He also said department vehicles should be kept in proper condition preparing for emergency anytime.
Meanwhile, Basant alias Bunty was arrested from a hotel in Delhi on Sunday. He is reported to have confessed to the murder of Sucha Singh. Basant has been on the run since April 18, after shooting two persons and critically injuring another before eloping with his girlfriend Sarita from Sonepat.
Among the dead were Sarita’s husband Sandeep, whom she had married three days ago, and her mother-in-law.