In a mysterious incident, a cook, working at the house of Phillaur Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Baldev Singh Khaira, died after sustaining bullet injuries in his chest on Sunday.
The victim is 23-year-old Mohit from Gonda district in Uttar Pradesh.
Station house officer (SHO) Phillaur Jarnail Singh said Mohit was trying his hands on the weapon when he accidentally pulled the trigger.
He was taken to Arora hospital in Phillaur and later shifted Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) Ludhiana but he could not survive.
After the incident, security personnel and others rushed the victim to the hospital.
Police said the incident occurred due to the negligence of constable Bikram who was deputed for Khaira’s security. As alleged, Bikram had kept his loaded weapon abandoned on the bed.
A case under Section 304-A (causing death by negligence) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the constable, said the SHO. The .32 bore weapon has also been seized, he added.
Kapurthala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajinder Singh (also officiating Jalandhar rural SSP) ruled out the murder angle and said the shooting was accidental.
SAD candidate Khaira said Mohit had joined as cook four days ago. “We have informed his family members about the unfortunate incident, ” he said.
The body has been kept at DMCH while the post mortem will be held on Monday after the his family members arrive.
AAP demands probe
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) raised doubts regarding the incident and demanded a probe by retired judge in this case.
In a press release, AAP Phillaur candidate Swaroop Singh Kadiana said police have been trying to hush-up the episode under political pressure, but the AAP is with Mohit’s family, and will raise the issue.