A 45-year-old resident of Phase 5 was arrested on Tuesday after he fired three gunshots in the air, creating panic among residents.
The accused has been identified as Sukhpreet Singh, a trustee of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in Bhaddal village. The police have recovered a licensed .32-bore revolver from Sukhpreet, booked for endangering life or personal safety of others under section 336 of the IPC on a complaint by his neighbour Mamta Sharma.
In her complaint to the police, Sharma said that on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, she had an argument with her neighbour Manu and her son Pankaj aka Raju, following which Sukhpreet, who lives a few houses away, pulled out his revolver and fired three shots.
"Sukhpreet was in an inebriated state and fired three gunshots one after the other following an argument. Thankfully, no one was injured," said Sharma, who works in a polyclinic in Sector 22, Chandigarh.
"Sukhpreet was produced in court and sent in judicial custody," said DSP (city) RS Sohal. Sukhpreet told mediapersons outside the court that he had fired in self-defence and was being implicated as a result of an old rivalry.
"I was taking a walk when at about 11.30 pm I heard a group of boys putting up as paying guests arguing. Their pitch was too loud and their language too vulgar. When I asked them to behave, they attacked me. I had to fire in self-defence. I always carry a revolver as I have been receiving threat calls over some old enmity. I had only fired in the air because I never wanted to harm anyone," said Sukhpreet.
Claiming that he consumes liquor occasionally, he said, "I had taken a small drink last night, but I was in my senses."