BSF jawan opens fire near Omar Abdullah's house

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Nov 17, 2014 18:00 IST

A jawan of Border Security Force posted outside the residence of chief minister Omar Abdullah opened unprovoked fire on Monday morning causing some panic in Srinagar.

The jawan was "overpowered and taken in police custody". "No one was injured as he was posted at the rear of the residence," a policespokesperson said.

Residents at Gupkar road where where Abdullah lives said they were woken up by the gunshots. "It was not a single shot. We heard firing and though it was a militant attack", said one of them.

The chief minister' special security team immediately overpowered the jawan and handed him over to police.

Meanwhile Abdullah tweeted he is safe and that he has "full faith in his security".

"Not withstanding today's incident with the BSF jawan stationed at my residence in Srinagar today I have full confidence in my security team," Abdullah wrote on Twitter.

Police did not comment on the issue further, but sources said the jawan seemed mentally "stressed".

A National Conference leader who did not want to be named said the chief minister was in Nubra and not at his residence when the firing took place.

He said the jawan posted on the barracks near the CM's residence fired 12 gunshots.

"It seemed he had some psychiatric problem, no one was injured though. The CM is safe , he is in Nubra campaigning," the leader said.

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