It was the wedding reception of a legislator of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and his body guards and supporters had reasons for double celebration.
Upbeat over the victory of Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh, one of his body guards fired from his carbine apparently to add zing to the ceremony, even as the legislator Ramchandra Singh Yadav, BSP legislature party leader in Bihar Assembly,
remained oblivious of the 'misadventure'.
Now, the matter is under investigation.
Eager to display his jubilation, the guard got on to the stage, where jaimal was to be performed, took out his carbine and fired much to the surprise of the guests, which included several ministers and legislators. The guard did not stop even at that. He again filled his carbine and fired a couple of more.
Even without the 'gun salutes', there was no dearth of colour at the marriage function, as dancers entertained the guests with their performance. But the firing with a police weapon has now created a controversy. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident, which took place in full public view and was captured in the camera.
The state government had recently banned display of licenced firearms in public places for ensuring public safety. Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah had directed the district magistrates and superintendents of police to enforce the ban and impound the firearms' licences of the violators.
Patna SSP Kundan Krishnan said the identity of the constable had been ascertained and strong action would be taken against him. "He may be suspended. Such actions cannot be allowed by a man responsible for enforcing law," Krishnan added.
The SSP said the constable was from Bhabua. "We are looking into the matter. Once he is suspended, his weapons will also be deposited," he added.