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Accidental cop firing hurts one

india Updated: Jun 06, 2010 23:49 IST
Kapil Datta
Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times
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A 21-year-old man was injured by a bullet that got accidentally fired from a Sub Inspector’s carbine at Labour Chowk around 8.45 a.m. on Sunday. An agitated mob blocked the road for an hour in protest against the incident. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) A.K. Singh suspended the Sub Inspector and a case was registered against him at sector-58 police station.

“The injured man, Vicky, was operated upon. The bullet had hit him on his left abdomen. After the bullet was removed, he was admitted to at the Intensive Care Unit. His condition was stable till late evening,” said Dr. S. Siddiqui of Prakash Hospital.

“We were waiting for customers, when suddenly we heard a loud firing sound. One of the labourers screamed and we saw blood oozing from his abdomen. Then we realised that a bullet had hit him,” said Robin Singh, an eyewitness.

“We saw PCR Van 13 parked across the road, with its glass broken. We thought the police may have fired at a criminal but the bullet misfired and hit Vicky,” said Bobby, another labourer.

Hundreds of labourers blocked the road and demanded action against the policeman. The SSP, S.P. (City) and other police officers reached the site immediately and pacified the mob, after which the blockade was lifted.

“It shows negligence on part of Sub Inspector Chatar Singh, posted on PCR 13. I have suspended him and ordered filing of an FIR against him,” said SSP A.K. Singh.

“The victim, Vicky Yadav, is a resident of Bihar and was living at Mamura village for the last two years. He was working as a labourer,” said V.C. Tripathi, Deputy Superintendentof Police (DSP).

“As per the SSP’s order, a case under IPC section 338 (Causing grievous hurt by an act which endangers human life) has been registered at Sector 58 Police Station.

It is a cognisable and bailable offence. Punishment under this section is two years’ imprisonment,” said Tripathi. “The accused Sub-Inspector was arrested late in the evening,” Tripathi added.