New Delhi, Feb 5: A Noida gym owner was shot at by a sub-inspector late on Saturday (February 3) evening when he was returning home from a family function. Jitendra Kumar was returning back home along with his three friends after attending his cousin’s engagement. Sub-inspector Darshan Yadav stopped Jitendra’s SUV near Noida’s Sector 122. Also Read - Noida Police Issues Traffic Advisory For Independence Day Event in Delhi | Details Here

The cop then pulled out his service revolver and fired at Jitendra from close range. The SI and three constables then put an injured Jitendra into the PCR and drove away. Jitendra was admitted to Fortis Hospital at Noida Sector 62 nearly 90 minutes after the incident Also Read - 33-Year-Old Man Dials 100 & Threatens to Harm PM Narendra Modi, Arrested by Noida Police

While Jitendra is battling for life, trainee SI Darshan Yadav and three other policemen have been suspended. Also Read - Migrant Worker Having Debt of Rs 30,000 Already, Loses Kulfi Cart to Cops at Delhi-Noida Border After Being Thrashed

‘Fake Encounter’

Jitendra’s friend Gautam Sardar, who is an eye witnesses to the shocking incident, said immediately after pulling the trigger, the cop, who was under the influence of alcohol, called someone claiming that there has been an encounter. However, the Noida Police has denied receiving any wireless information about there being an encounter in the city.

Refuting claims of ‘fake encounter’ Noida SSP Luv Kumar told reporters that Jitendra’s brother Dharmendra and Darshan Yadav were known to each other. Jitendra’s family said they own a few shops in a local market near to their house in Parthala. A few days ago, Darshan Yadav had visited the shops in January to extort money to which they had objected.

Spree of Encounters in UP

Uttar Pradesh has witnessed a series of encounters in the past few days. According to reports, about 22 encounters have been registered across the state in the last five days.

In November last year, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had claimed that the deteriorated law and order situation had improved in the state since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was voted to power in March. Adityanath had said that in UP criminals will have only two places to go. Either they will land up in jail or sent to Yamraj’s house after police encounter.