In a bizarre incident, a retired armyman sleeping in the open in the porch (verandah) of his house in Dyal Nagar, Ghumar Mandi, was hit by a stray bullet in his right arm on Saturday, but did not realise what had hit him until the doctors pulled out the bullet from the arm.
Police suspect that the bullet was fired from a pistol in celebratory fire from somewhere near his residence. A team from police station division near 8 reached the spot and started investigation.
The complainant Kewal Krishan, meanwhile, thought he had received an electric current and cried out for help. His son Baljit Singh, the first to his aid, claimed that as soon as he heard the cries, he took his father to a private hospital in the area.
“Doctors removed a .32 bore bullet from my father’s arm. I immediately informed the police,” said Baljit, claiming that the bullet could have been fired deliberately. He refuted the police theory of retaliatory fire.
Division number 8 SHO Gaurav Taura said police had now launching a hunt for people who owned a .32 bore weapon in the area. A case under Sections 336 (act endangering life or personal safety) of others) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against unidentified accused.