Sub-Inspector Priyanka Sharma became the first woman personnel of Delhi Police to be a part of an encounter in central Delhi, police told the media on Thursday.
A shoot-out led by a crime branch team comprising Sharma resulted in the arrest of an alleged gangster and his associate, who carried a reward on their arrest, the police said later in the day.
According to police, the encounter took place at Pragati Maidan here and led to the arrest of Rohit Chaudhary (35), carrying a reward of Rs 3.5 lakh and his accomplice Parveen alias Titu, carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh.
On Thursday, the photograph of Sharma, the only woman among 10 policemen, wearing a bulletproof vest was widely circulated on social media. Although Delhi Police has around 8,000 women personnel, it is rare for a woman officer to be involved in a shoot-out.
During the cross-firing, a bullet hit the bullet-proof jacket of ACP Pankaj while another bullet fired by accused the bullet-proof jacket of Sharma, the first Delhi Police woman personnel to be part of an encounter team, the police officer said.
At a press conference, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Shibesh Singh said that 35-year-old Sharma was an integral part of the team from the very beginning. She had joined the Delhi Police in 2010 and was recruited as a constable, but she later cleared an exam and was appointed as sub-inspector. She started working with the crime branch in 2019 and has spent nearly three years with the unit.
Women personnel are mostly posted in the traffic wing at police stations or with other units. A few women IPS officers are also heading districts as deputy commissioners or are leading teams in the crime branch.
(Edited by Amrita Ghosh)