Ahmednagar: Dismissed policeman holds family hostage, fires DSP

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The disgruntled police officer held a family hostage at gunpoint in Ahmednagar on Thursday morning and then opened fire on a deputy police superintendent who was in a group that went to deal with the situation. The incident took place at Tikraj village in Rahuri taluka of Ahmednagar district.

The officer, who was shot, escaped unhurt after being shot in the leg.

The accused, Assistant Police Inspector Sunil Lokande, 39, was earlier posted in Pune but was dismissed from service in two criminal cases filed against him.

Police said Lokande had an ongoing altercation with a woman in Tikraj. On Thursday morning, he forcibly entered her home and restrained her, her husband and their two children at gunpoint.

Ahmednagar Superintendent of Police Manoj Patil said, “When Lokande entered the house, the woman called the police … A team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Sandeep Midke reached the house.”

Speaking to The Indian Express, Mitke said, “We first tried to talk to Locande … he asked me to come into the house without our guns … when I approached him and tried to grab the barrel of the gun he fired. The bullet grazed my legs. We beat him and arrested him.”

Patil said, “Before we got to that point, we now know that Locande fired a round to scare the family.” When asked about Lokande’s history, he said, “He was tried and convicted in two cases filed at Kothrud and Shirur police stations. While one offender was barred, in another case he was acquitted by the High Court.

Raghuri police station inspector Rajendra Ingale, who was on the team responding to the situation, said, “Lokande has been booked and will be charged under other sections on the charge of attempted murder.”



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