A brave cop disguised as a reporter managed to overpower a man holding a gun who attempted to hold hostage 71 Class 7 students and their teacher inside the Muchiya Chandramohan High School in West Bengal’s Malda.
The man, identified as Dev Ballav, threatened to kill the students and teacher as he held the pistol in one hand and a paper in another. The school administration immediately informed the police about the incident, and Superintendent of Police Pradeep Kumar Yadav led a team to the school.
#WATCH | Malda, WB | A gun-wielding man, Deb Ballabh, tried to hold hostage students in a classroom of Muchia Anchal Chandra Mohan High School. He was later overpowered & arrested by Police. No one was injured in the incident. A police probe is underway
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Although Ballav was alone, he threatened to fire if he saw anyone in a police uniform around him, making it a precarious situation for the police force. However, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Azharuddin Khan, a resident of Kolkata posted in Malda district, came up with a plan. He took off his police uniform and borrowed clothes from a civilian on the school premises.
Azharuddin entered the classroom disguised as a reporter, wearing a t-shirt and chappal, and started asking Ballav questions while recording the conversation on his mobile phone.
Ballav fell for the ruse, and while Azharuddin kept the conversation going, he overpowered Ballav with the help of another sub-inspector and pinned him to the ground. The police took Ballav into custody and seized his weapon.
The parents of the students heaped praise on the brave cop for risking his life to save their children. Azharuddin, speaking to media, said, “My first and only priority was to rescue all those children safely. I would not have been able to forgive myself if any mother lost her child today.”
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