Riots in Delhi: he could not have let anyone cross his path: Delhi policeman who faced the barrel | Delhi News
Dahiya comes from Sonepat and was included in the Delhi police in 2010 as an agent. He cleared the exam for the post of police chief and is currently receiving training in Wazirabad.
Recalling the events on Monday that catapulted him to the front page of the newspapers, Dahiya said: “I was deployed in Maujpur Chowk. Things suddenly took an extremely violent turn and people began throwing stones at each other. As I approached the scene of violence, I heard a shot. I saw a man in a red sweatshirt … he was holding a gun. I immediately jumped to the other road to divert his attention.
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Dahiya explained that in such situations, a policeman is trained to put the lives of civilians above his own. “I was charging ahead … I approached him to divert his attention … He could not have allowed anyone to get in his way. My priority was to make sure there were no victims,” he said. When asked what he was thinking about that particular moment, Dahiya said: “Kaam hain mera, karna hello hai … (it’s my job and I have to do it)”.
Dahiya’s wife and two daughters reside in Sonepat, along with the rest of her family. Until Tuesday morning, they did not know that he had been so close to death. “I didn’t tell them anything, but my picture went viral on social media. My wife called me worried. I tried to dodge her questions, but although my face was not visible in the photographs, she recognized me by the blue stripes on the jacket … I kept quiet because I know she has full confidence in me, “he said.
Dahiya comes from a family of men in uniform. His father retired from the Coast Guard of India. He has two younger brothers: one with the Delhi police and the other with the coast guard.