Constable injured in accidental firing in front of PMO

March 28th, 2008 - 4:31 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) A head constable of the Delhi Armed Police (DAP) suffered a bullet wound in his left thigh after a colleague’s revolver went off accidentally outside Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s office here Friday. Head Constable Sanjiv Kumar was admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital after the accidental firing around noon, the police said. He is out of danger, doctors said.

The firing occurred when Kumar and Head Constable Suraj Pal were both in a small cabin in the parking area outside the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in South Block.

“There was no security breach. It was a case of accidental fire. Sanjiv was injured when a bullet was accidentally fired from the service revolver of Suraj Pal,” Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi Range) Ajay Kashyap told IANS.

Upon hearing the gunshot, officials of the elite Special Protection Group (SPG), which is responsible for providing security to the area, rushed to the spot.

“We are registering a case of negligence and mishandling the firearms, and Suraj Pal will be arrested,” the officer added.

Suraj Pal is from the New Delhi district police while Sanjiv is with the second battalion of the DAP. Both were deployed outside the PMO.

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