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Suspected Nigerian drug peddler allegedly stabs police officer during arrest in India

A Delhi Police constable was injured in an attack while trying to arrest two Nigerian nationals based on a tip-off that they were drug peddlers, officials said on Sunday.

WITHIN NIGERIA gathered that the incident took place in west Delhi, while one of the accused was arrested, his accomplice managed to escape from the spot, police said.

It was gathered that on Saturday, police were tipped off that one African would show up with heroin at Major Deepak Tyagi Marg, Janakpuri around 3 am to 4 am on Sunday.

A police team reached the spot. Around 3.45 am, the two Nigerians came on a scooter and were waiting for someone. When they tried to leave, constable Rakesh pounced on them and caught one of them, Joseph, a senior police officer said.

“The accomplice of Joseph stabbed Rakesh to help him break free from the constable’s hold. Rakesh, however, did not allow Joseph to escape,” the officer said.

The accused, who stabbed Rakesh, managed to escape from the spot. A total of 280 grams heroin was recovered from the possession of Joseph. A search for the absconding accused is underway.

Meanwhile, Constable Rakesh is undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital while further investigation is in progress.

Reacting to the incident, Delhi Police Commisioner, SN Shrivastava described the injured officer as a brave man.

“West Delhi Police team was sent as decoy to nab two foreigners learnt selling heroin. While nabbing one Const Rakesh was stabbed on back by other. Yet, displaying exemplary courage kept holding him till remaining arrived. Kudos to the brave man recovering in hospital,” he tweeted.

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