A 58-year-old sub-inspector, posted at the security unit outside the Lieutenant-Governor’s residence in North Delhi’s Civil Lines area, accidentally shot himself from his service revolver while trying to hook it to his belt.
Police said just before the incident sub-inspector Ajit was captured on CCTV camera at the back gate of the residence, happily talking to his colleagues. After he went inside the building, a gunshot was heard.
“Fellow staffers who heard the gunshot rushed him to the hospital where he has been admitted for treatment. The bullet hit his lower abdomen, next to the belt where the service revolver is generally kept. Even though there are no eyewitnesses to the incident, circumstances suggest that he fired accidentally. He is not yet fit to give a statement, but is out of danger. His statement will be recorded tomorrow,” DCP (North) Madhur Verma said.
Police have registered a case of accidental firing, but said the facts will be clear once Ajit’s statement is recorded. “In case of a suicide attempt, the person usually shoots at the temple because the chances of dying are higher. People trying to commit suicide rarely shoot themselves in the abdomen. This does not appear to be a case of attempt to suicide. However, we will be in a position to comment after his statement is recorded,” an officer said.