It was a drill to check the preparedness of the force in case of an emergency. But it went horribly wrong when a sub-inspector accidentally fired at his colleague and injuring him at the Rohini west Metro station on Wednesday morning.
To check the response time during an emergency, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) that takes care of the security at Metro stations across NCR had organised a mock drill at the Rohini west Metro station on the Rithala-Dilshad Garden line.
According to officials, the personnel were participating in the drill, when at 10:40am a sub-inspector accidently fired from his Glock pistol that hit a constable, who immediately fell down. For a few seconds everyone thought it was part of the drill but soon they noticed blood and rushed him to the hospital. The Delhi Police and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) were also part of the drill.
Sub-inspector Sitaram, 45, fired an accidental shot which hit Constable Riptesh Tripathy, 23, in the lower abdomen. “He was rushed to Ambedkar Hospital, which is next to the Metro station. After undergoing an operation, he is now out of danger and has been shifted to the ICU. The bullet did not damage any of his vital organs,” a senior CISF official said.
Sources said the sub-inspector has been suspended and a Court of Inquiry has been ordered by the force. “It is a routine procedure and there was no foul play in the incident,” the official added. He said the sub-inspector had not unloaded the weapon properly and during the drill he fired thinking there are no bullets in it.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police have registered a case of negligence against him. The police have collected CCTV footage from the station to ascertain the sequence of events. “Sub-inspector Sitaram has been arrested and his weapon has been seized,” a senior Delhi Police official said.