A Delhi court has awarded seven years jail term to a man for obstructing police personnel from discharging their duty and attempting to murder one of them by firing a gun at him. The court held Uttar Pradesh resident Sandeep Chaudhary guilty of the offences of obstructing policemen and attempting to commit murder under IPC and under the provisions of the Arms Act relating to possession and use of illegal arms.
"I am of the considered opinion that prosecution has duly established beyond reasonable doubt that on the day of incident, the accused obstructed the police personnel in discharge of their public functions and used criminal force on them to deter them from discharging their public functions. Accordingly, accused is held guilty under Sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or use of criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC and under the provisions of the Arms Act," District Judge P S Teji said, while awarding seven years rigorous imprisonment to Chaudhary.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on the convict.
According to the prosecution, Sandeep Chaudhary, a resident of Bulandshahar, was arrested in November 2010 by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police on the basis of a secret information. He was chased by the police party and signalled to stop his motorbike as he was wanted in several other criminal cases, it said.
The police said Chaudhary resisted and also opened fire from a country-made pistol. The policemen were chasing him from Anand Vihar ISBT in East Delhi and he was caught near Ghazipur here. Live cartridges besides the pistol were recovered from his possession after he was overpowered by the policemen. The police said he was not having any licence of carrying the weapon. It alleged that Chaudhary was wanted in several other criminal cases including murder, kidnapping and extortion. He was also carrying a reward of Rs 25,000.
During the trial, Chaudhary claimed that he was innocent and had been falsely implicated in the case by the police to procure the reward of Rs 25,000 announced by the UP Police on him.
The court, however, rejected his contentions.