Slain cop’s partner shot on duty before

2007-11-30 00:00

THE police officer gravely injured in a shooting that claimed the life of his colleague during a robbery in Greytown on Wednesday morning was also shot while on duty several years ago, his colleagues said yesterday.

Inspector Navin Maharaj, who has been described by his colleagues as a daring cop, lost an eye in the earlier shooting.

He is said to be a hardened police officer with a good heart.

Police said yesterday that he is out of danger and his condition is stable.

Maharaj and Inspector Ageet Mewa were on a routine patrol when they were ambushed by robbers, who believed the police had been alerted, and Mewa was killed. They had no idea of the robbery in progress.

Meanwhile, the probe into the robbery at Aheer’s Multisave Superstores intensified late on Wednesday, resulting in four arrests and the killing of one suspect.

The arrest of the four suspects brings to nine the total number held so far.

On Wednesday, shortly after the robbery, police managed to apprehend five suspects.

The arrests of the four on Wednesday night took place in areas surrounding Greytown.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the slain suspect fled into the plantation at Inadi and was killed when he “attempted to fire at the policemen”.

Budhram said police seized four 9 mm pistols with magazines, 48 9 mm rounds, four AK47 rifles with 111 rounds, one 303 rifle with 16 rounds, one .38 special revolver with 10 rounds and 11 cellphones.

Police also recovered two Hi-Ace minibuses, a Mazda, a VW Golf GTS, a VW Caravelle and a VW Polo Playa.

There has not been confirmation that these vehicles are stolen, but police investigations continue.

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