A Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel misfired in a local train in the wee hours of Saturday while he was on duty.
Kishan Haribhau Katkar, 46, who is attached with the Karjat GRP, was supposed to board a train to Thane, but instead boarded one to Karjat.
Between Sion and Kurla station, Katkar who was in the general compartment misfired from his 303 service rifle. He had not put the safety lock, said the Kurla railway police.
The bullet got lodged in the rooftop of the train. Nobody was injured in the incident, but it did create panic amongst the commuters, the police said.
“Katkar was drunk at the time of the incident. His blood reports have clearly shown alcohol content. He was holding his loaded service rifle in his hands and mistakenly pulled the trigger,” said Shivaji Dhumal, senior police inspector of Kurla railway police station.
The railway police said Katkar was deployed for his night patrolling assignment in the ladies compartment of the local train.
However, Katkar went in to the general compartment of another train which was heading towards Karjat.
Katkar has been booked for negligence and endangering life or personal safety of others.