‘Accidental’ firing by cop posted outside PM Modi’s residence
Security agencies were sent into a tizzy on Wednesday night when a policeman posted outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence “accidentally” fired three shots from his AK 47 assault rifle.india Updated: Nov 18, 2015 23:59 IST
Security agencies in Delhi were thrown into a tizzy on Wednesday night when a constable posted outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence “accidentally” fired three shots from his AK-47 assault rifle.
Officials said the policeman, who was on duty at the police control room outside 7 RCR, accidentally pressed the trigger while checking his weapon.
He was handing over the charge to another constable at the media parking bay after end of duty hours, when the incident happened.
No one was injured in the firing, DCP(New Delhi) Jatin Narwal said adding that no terror angle was supected.
Police said all the shots were fired in the air and that the safety lock of his AK-47 rifle was found to be not on.
The incident which happened around 8.30 pm caused anxious moments, especially since Delhi and other cities are on a state of high alert following the Paris terror attack.
The SPG personnel and security staff outside the PM’s residence were learnt to have been alarmed at the sound of the gunshots. Several police teams, including senior officers, rushed to the spot after the information was relayed over wireless sets.
Following the incident, the weapon was seized and the constable taken to the nearby Tughlaq Road police station where he was questioned by police and Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials late into the night.
A senior officer said that though PCR personnel are usually not armed with AK-47s, those posted at some spots identified by the IB are given the assault rifles.
“It was accidental but we are not taking any chances. We are verifying his statement with others who were with him. We are evaluating his state of mind too,” the officer said.
First Published: Nov 18, 2015 23:46 IST