Pune man injured after being accidentally shot by cousin in Bibvewadi

The bullet went through the left side of the injured man’s left abdomen and landed on the floor of the temple.

pune Updated: Mar 22, 2018 23:55 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
The incident happened on the premises of a Hanuman temple in Ganeshnagar area of Upper Indiranagar in Bibvewadi.(RAHUL RAUT/HT PHOTO)

A 22-year-old was injured at a temple in Bibvewadi on Thursday, after a bullet hit him when a police constable standing in front of him bent down to pay tribute to the deity and his gun accidentally fired.

The injured, identified as Ganesh Prakash Kamble, is the cousin of the owner of the firearm, 25-year-old Pune police constable, Ashok Vilas Dhavre.

The incident happened on the premises of a temple located in Ganeshnagar area of Upper Indiranagar in Bibvewadi. The police have recovered the fired bullet from the spot.

“It was a revolver and had no safety lock. He was in uniform and was headed to work. The injured man was sitting on the steps of the temple where Dhavre was paying respect from outside the temple,” said senior police inspector Balasaheb Kopnar of Bibvewadi police station.

Dhavre is currently posted in B Company at police headquarters in Shivajinagar.

Kamble was rushed to the Sahyadri Hospital in Erandwane by the constable, who also called the police control room himself, after the incident. The police detained Dhavre and brought him to the Bibvewadi police station for questioning.

He told the police that he had bent down to pay tribute at the temple and the gun accidentally fired.

“The accused works at the police headquarters in Shivajinagar and was posted as Sambhaji Brigade member and author Shrimanth Kokate’s security guard since March 19,” said senior PI Kopnar.

A case under sections 336 and 338 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against the constable at the Bibvewadi police station. Police inspector (crime) Santosh Barge of the Bibvewadi police station is investigating the case. The bullet went through the injured man’s left side of the abdomen and landed on the floor of the temple, according to the police.

The police are questioning him and will file a report in the matter after a panchnama in the case is registered. However, the constable, who has been in the force since 2014, was not arrested.

First Published: Mar 22, 2018 15:48 IST