Chandigarh: ‘Depressed’ cop runs amok, opens fire inside postal van, suspended

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 13, 2015 10:09 IST

A Chandigarh police constable deployed as a security guard at the General Post Office in Sector 17 opened fire inside a postal van in which he was travelling. However, no one was injured in the incident. The incident occurred in the evening at Sectors 8/9 light point when the van was on way to the General Post Office. The van is used to carry cash and distribute postal letters across the city.

The police said the accused, Jagjeet Singh (50), was mentally upset and used to suffer seizures. The police said a report would be prepared about the incident. Till the filing of the report, no case had been registered, though the accused had been put under suspension.


The incident came to light at about 5:45pm when a woman called up the police control room, saying that a man in a postal van fired two gunshots near the sectors 17-18 light point. When the police reached the spot, they found nothing. The cops then called back the woman and she told them that the incident had taken place at sectors 8-9 light point. The cops then reached said location, but found no postal van there. Finally, the cops got a call from the police control room and were told that the postal van was parked in front of the General Post Office in Sector 17. The cops then went to the GPO, where the accused security guard, Jagjeet Singh, was also present.


As per the statement of the van driver, Sarwan Singh, to the police, at about 5:45pm, when the van reached near the Sectors 8-9 light point, Jagjeet suffered a seizure and started saying that why they were sprinkling acid on him. Sarwan said Jagjeet first picked a up a bag to cover his face and then fired two shots in the windshield with his service revolver. Preliminary police investigations say he suffered from a mental ailment. Jagjeet was getting treatment from Government Multispecialty Hospital, Sector 16.

The police were verifying the medical history of the accused constable to prepare a report.

SP (City) Parvinder Singh said, “The constable fired while sitting in the van. We are verifying other details, including his medical condition, before submitting a report. Sector 3 SHO was recording the statements of other employees.”

One of the GPO employees, seeking anonymity, said that the guard could have shot at anybody sitting in the van. He said it was the duty of the police to deploy only healthy personnel on security duties, especially when the job required a gun.

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