Controversial Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Sandeep Karnik, who is currently facing a judicial probe for his alleged role in the police firing on demonstrating farmers at Maval in Pune three months ago, sustained minor injury during a firing practice session at the police range in Ghatkopar on Monday.
Qaiser Khalid, additional commissioner of police, told Hindustan Times that Karnik injured a finger on his left hand while firing an automatic weapon at the range on Monday.
He was taken to Bombay hospital for treatment. “The injury was caused due to the recoil action of the weapon. It was very minor,” Khalid said. Simplified, the injury was caused when the weapon gave massive back jerk after a bullet ejected from the barrel, which took the shooter by surprise.
Karnik is currently posted as the deputy commissioner of police (DCP) with the special branch of the Mumbai police. He was earlier the superintendent of police Pune (rural) division and had sought transfer following the firing incident.
Karnik also holds the additional charge as the chief of the Quick Response Team (QRT), the elite commando force that had been raised following the terror attack at the Akshardham temple in Gujarat and given a facelift recently following the 26/11 terror strike.
Sources said Karnik was trying an MP5 fully automatic rifle for the first time, unaware of the recoil thrust. The rifle is from a fresh batch of sophisticated arms that has been procured following the 26/11 terror attack.
In August, three farmers were killed and one seriously injured in a police firing.
The farmers were protesting on the expressway against the underground water pipeline project of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to draw water from Pavana dam.