Constable aims gun at Congress’s Kamal Nath at MP airport, suspended

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | ByHT Correspondent
Dec 16, 2017 01:44 PM IST

According to police the incident happened when the former union minister was boarding his private plane at Chhindwara airstrip

A Madhya Pradesh police constable was placed under suspension after he allegedly pointed his rifle at former union minister and Congress leader Kamal Nath at Chhindwara airstrip on Friday afternoon.

Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath addressing party workers in Jabalpur on Friday.(HT File Photo)
Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath addressing party workers in Jabalpur on Friday.(HT File Photo)

Nath was at the town, which is a part of his Lok Sabha constituency Chhindwara, to attend some programmes.

According to police Kamal Nath was about to leave for Delhi having addressed a public meeting about 4.30pm. He was boarding his private plane when some other policemen at the airstrip saw the constable Ratnesh Pawar’s rifle pointed at an angle which could have been a threat to Kamal Nath’s life. This created panic among them and they swiftly acted to whisk the constable off the airstrip.

However, it hardly affected the journey of Kamal Nath and he proceeded to enter the plane which took off for Delhi.

Additional superintendent of police, Chhindwara, Neeraj Soni said the constable had been suspended and he was being medically examined to see if he suffered from any health problem.

However, the constable told authorities that he hardly remembered what he had done, the ASP added.

The ASP said so far no FIR had been registered and an inquiry had been instituted to look into the entire incident. The constable was being questioned.

According to police sources, Pawar was appointed as the constable in police department hardly two months ago. He was appointed in the department on a compassionate ground after death of his father.

Kamal Nath could not be contacted. However, the state Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra said party state president Arun Yadav had spoken to Nath on the incident.

The state Congress leaders were worried over the breach of security and they would raise the issue at the appropriate levels, he said.

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