Himachal: Minister's PSO, driver held for shooting at youth

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2015 10:45 IST

The personal security officer (PSO) and driver of state industry minister Mukesh Agnihotri were arrested for allegedly shooting and injuring a 19-year-old city resident in a hotel parking lot here on Friday. The teenager, identified as Kashish Khanna, 19, suffered gunshot injuries and was admitted to the local Indira Gandhi Medical College.

According to reports, an argument took place between the driver, Rakesh Kumar, the PSO, Pankaj Sharma, who is a police constable, with Kashish Khanna and his friend at around 9 pm on Thursday, in the parking area of the government-owned Hotel Holiday Home. Khanna said there was scuffle between them and the minister’s staff after which the “the PSO fired his service gun.”

Following a complaint lodged by Khanna, the police filed a criminal case against the two men under sections 307, 323 & 34 of the IPC and sections 25, 27-54-59 of Arms Act. The cops also filed another case under sections 353, 323 & 34 of the IPC following a cross-complaint by Sharma.

Additional Superintendent of Police Bhajan Dev Negi said, the Sadar police was informed about the incident at around 10 pm on Thursday. “We have registered a cross FIR and investigation is on,” he said, adding, “Sharma and Kumar were arrested last night. The bullet hit the youth at his leg and as per doctor’s report, he is out of danger now,” he added.

Both Sharma and Kumar visited the Sadar police station and filed a complaint against Kashish and another person present at the scene of the incident. “When driver Rakesh was turning the vehicle, two people- Kashish Khanna and Abhay Kumar- came and scuffled with him and when he tried to stopped them, the driver was beaten up them,” said police complaint filed by PSO and driver.

“It’s becoming difficult for city residents to live peacefully in presence of the goons and influential people,” the victim’s father, Anil Khanna, said.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party legislators slammed the government on the “deteriorating” law and order situation in the state capital. Shimla MLA Suresh Bhardwaj said: “The law and order situation has been worsening since the past two years and last night, a security official of a minister has shot a local youth. We’ll raise this issue in the house and also demand strict action against the police constable who was arrested after the incident.”

BJP spokesperson Ganesh Dutt remarked: “If people aren’t safe even in the state capital the situation in rural areas can well be imagined.”

Meanwhile, the two have been sent on a one-day police remand.

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