The Gopalganj District Magistrate has dismissed from service a Home guard jawan on charges of indiscriminate firing in the Sadar Hospital premises on late Friday evening and initiated dismissal proceedings against two other home guard jawans involved in the firing.
Two homeguard jawans allegedly in a drunken state had fired at relatives and friends of a road accident victim, who was admitted to the hospital. The trouble started when the home guard jawans stopped them from entering the hospital and allegedly demanded Rs 100 for allowing them to enter the hospital.
This triggered a heated argument between the relatives and jawans. The situation tuen for the worse when the homeguard jawans fired at them injuring Parvez Akhtar, and five others. Akhtar, a resident of Siwan is a relative of former Chief Minister Abdul Ghafoor.
The firing by home guards created panic in the hospital and the patients and their relatives started fleeing the hospital. As the news of firing by jawans in an inebriated consition spread, the civil and police officers including Sadar SDPO Umashankar Prasad and DSP LK Mishra reached the hospital and controlled the situation. All the injured were admitted to the hospital.
The district administration also removed all the nine jawans on duty and a lodged a case against them on the statement of Parvez Akhtar. Five new home guard jawans under a civil jamadar have been deputed at the hospital.
District Magistrate (DM) Ramesh Lal immediately held consultations with the civil and police officers to review the situation. Additional policemen were deployed at all sensitive spots in the town in view of the bandh call given by RJD.
The DM said that to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future he wanted policemen to be deputed at institutions to undergo reorientation.
Meanwhile, district unit of RJD hastily withdrew its bandh call early on Saturday following model code of conduct coming into effect due to forthcoming civic polls. However, RJD leaders submitted a memorandum to the administration demanding stern measures against home guard jawans responsible for indiscriminate firing.