Senior cop shot at by highway carjackers

Pune: A police officer was allegedly shot at and injured by a gang of highway robbers today who fled with his car and mobile phones in the district.

The incident occurred near Yawat, around 50 km from here, on Pune-Solapur Highway.

Police Inspector Mahesh Nilganji, posted at the SRPF police training centre at Nanvij near Daund, was injured after he was assaulted with an iron rod and was shot at in the right leg by the unidentified robbers this morning, the District Police said.

The incident occurred when Nilganji was on his way to the SRPF training centre.

“While he was driving his car, another car came from behind and one of the occupants told Nilganji that the wheel disk of his car’s tyre was loosened which prompted him to pull over his car,” a Yavat police station officer said.

The moment Nilanji came out of the car, the three occupants of another car got down and attacked him with an iron rod.

“When Nilganji tried to fight back, one of the three assailants took out a pistol and fired a round which hit Nilganji’s right leg. The trio then fled with his car, his mobile phones and other belongings kept inside the vehicle,” he said.

The Yavat Police have registered a case against four unidentified robbers under relevant sections of the IPC, and a hunt has been launched to trace the robbers.