After biker got shot dead in Delhi, cops have a lot to explain Having failed to show sufficient grounds for opening fire on unarmed teenagers that led to the death of one of a 19-year-old on Sunday morning, the Delhi Police are on the backfoot. Though they plan to arrest Puneet Sharma, who was riding the bike and survived with injuries, the shooting of 19-year-old Karan Pandey has raised a serious question mark on the police action. Karan was riding pillion on Puneetâ€™s bike when he was shot dead near Parliament Street by a Delhi Police inspector. Police said Puneet could be booked for dangerous and reckless driving and obstructing a public servant from performing his duty. Families of the victims and civil liberty groups have questioned the extreme step taken by the PCR van staff that was chasing away what was claimed to be gang of bikers. There are several loopholes in the police account. First, the police have not been able to recover either of the three bullets fired by the inspector, Rajneesh Parmar. Senior police officers admitted the bullets had not been found. â€œHow can we be sure that it was the third bullet that claimed Pandeyâ€™s life and not the first one? There are no independent eyewitness accounts of the shooting,â€ said M Zaidi, Pandeyâ€™s neighbour at Malviya Nagar. Second, none of the three CCTV cameras installed outside Le Meridien and Shangri-La hotel have captured either the shooting or the stone pelting, which the police claimed led them to act against the bikers. â€œThe police are going to find it very difficult to get themselves out of this one. This was not an encounter with terrorists that they had the impunity to use arms openly. What was the imminent danger that they had to shoot? I donâ€™t think their claims are very plausible,â€ said ND Pancholi, eminent civil rights lawyer. Families of the victims also raised a number of questions regarding the sequence of events. â€œIf the two were performing stunts, how can they pelt stones simultaneously? Also, where did the stones and bricks come from? You wonâ€™t find stones lying by the side of the road near Le Meridian hotel. Are the police trying to say that the boys carried the stones with them?â€ Zaidi asked. Pandeyâ€™s autopsy by a panel of three doctors - two from Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and one from the University College of Medical Sciences â€” was conducted on Monday evening at MAMC. The report is expected on Tuesday. An enquiry at the sub-divisional magistrate level has begun. A case of rioting, rash and dangerous driving and obstructing a public servant from performing his duty has been registered at the Parliament Street police station and the investigation has been handed over to the New Delhiâ€™s district investigation unit. After biker got shot dead in Delhi, cops have a lot to explain - Hindustan Times *************************************** Youth will be youth and boys will be boys. Hot blood flows in their veins. However, the question arises: 1 Is stunt motorcycle tricks on public highways legal? 2. Does it not endanger other users of the public roads? 3. Does such weaving and riding on the rear wheel or doing circles on one wheel not make it difficult for motorists using that public road, more so when one cannot anticipate what will be the next 'action' in that 'trick'? 4. In another report the modern of the boy killed said that the boy had his dinner at 11 PM and went to bed and she does not know when he left! 5. HT suggests that instead of firing at the wheel and hitting the boy since possible he dipped low rearwards and his friend rode the bike with the front whee high, water cannon or tear gas should have been used. 6. HT wonders how can chaps be carrying stones while biking. The point is this that all this stuff is fine, but it should be organised and under supervision. These tricks should be done on racetracks and not on public roads and highways since it endangers other's life. What if a motorist just to avoid a sudden action of such a trickster looses control of his vehicle and has a fatal accident? Is that motorist and his passengers' lives any les precious? Surprising that a mother does not know where he son kicks off after pretending to go to bed. Parenting seems to be merely limited to reproduction and then leaving everything else to God and the Country! I heard kavita Srivastava (I hope I got the name right), the human rights activist (I think it was she since the raspy hoarse voice like Marlon Brando in Godfather is unmistakable) remonstrating over the police lack of sensitivity and all that! I think she also speaks for the Maoists IIRC. Another great one like Brinda Grover, Colin Gonsalves, John Dayal, Pancholi and so on. Now sure it does appear insensitive. However, what is the alternate that these worthies suggest that should have been done? If tear gas and water cannons should be used as is suggested by the HT reporter who seems to be another mindless and impractical Joe wanting to appear very knowledgeable when actually he is not, then are these worthies aware as to what a mayhem such actions would cause? Tear gas will blind the bikers, nauseate them, bring water to the eyes, and that will cause a disconnect with the cognitive senses and there will be a mass accident involving all the 100 bikers or so. And who will explain the mayhem and guess who will be holding the can and be blamed again? The Police. Likewise would be effect of a water cannon! The poor HT reporter should be subjected to both in an experiment so that next time he write a more sensible piece and not talk through his hat! Even hitting the tyre with a bullet can have a serious consequence where the biker loses total control of the bike travelling at such high speed! But that is lesser of the chaos that 'non invasive' means like tear gas or water cannon can cause. And if we are to bow to the sagacious human rights activists, who find all forms of law enforcement leading to death abhorrent, to include those against he State,the very democracy that recognises human rights which the Maoistas and their ilk don't for whose welfare these activist weep for, then we should disband the police and let society have a free run and have a ball! Let us not always blame the police. They have a tough job to do. Of course, they should also ensure that they are just and fair. But right now, if they perform, they are damned, and if they don't perform, they are still damned!