The curious case of the stolen cell and absconding cop

Last week, it was found that a cop stole a colleague’s cell to make a call to Central Control Room in Delhi Police HQ at 12:30 am on May 20, announcing that the DCP had been shot dead by LeT.

Published: 18th June 2017 09:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th June 2017 06:51 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Cells are for thieves caught by cops. Last week, it was found that a cop stole a colleague’s cell to make a call to Central Control Room in Police HQ at 12:30 am on May 20, announcing, “DCP Vijay Kumar has been shot dead by the terrorist of Lashkar-E-Toiba.” The city’s finest went into panic mode thinking a Mumbai 26/11-type attack has happened in Delhi.

Joint Commissioner (Security) Sunil Garg, who was on night patrol, asked to trace the cellphone location. Vijay Kumar (DCP West) was soon on the trail of mobile number, 965*****21, which, he found, belonged to Dharmender Kumar posted at Ranjeet Nagar police station. “But later, Patel Nagar Duty Officer confirmed that Kumar, who resided in the station barrack, was sleeping there,” said the official communication.

Sources said Dharmender had lost his phone. The CCTV footage of Ranjeet Nagar station revealed that constable Surjan, posted in west district, had made the call after stealing the phone. Surjan is absconding, and it’s uncertain why he made the call.

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