Men in SUV open fire outside Paraguay Embassy

No one hurt; gun used only releases light & sound, not projectiles: Cops.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2014 8:03 am
The Embassy of Paraguay in Vasant Vihar. ( Express photo by Ajnavi Tarannum ) The Embassy of Paraguay in Vasant Vihar. (Source:  Express photo by Ajnavi Tarannum )

Unidentified men opened fire outside a locality housing foreign nationals in South Delhi’s Vasant Vihar on Sunday morning. No one was hurt in the incident, police said. While central intelligence agencies and Delhi Police are probing the incident, preliminary investigations have ruled out the possibility of a terror attack.

Police said the men fired in the air and that the gun used to fire is used for training purposes and cannot physically hurt anyone. The gun used by the men only releases light and sound and not projectiles or bullets, sources said. The incident was reported at 1.45 am outside B 10-B 11, Vasant Vihar, opposite Delhi Public School. The locality houses foreign nationals and local residents working at various embassies. The premises also house the Embassy of Paraguay.

According to sources in the Special Cell of Delhi Police, Praveen, a guard at B 11, ran outside after hearing a gunshot and saw men in an SUV open fire in the air and leave. Praveen immediately informed the Vasant Vihar police station following which a team reached the spot. Investigators recovered an empty cartridge from the spot.

The Special Cell and central intelligence agencies are probing the incident as it took place in a “sensitive” locality. Baraf Singh, a private security guard at B 10, told Newsline that two Israeli families used to live on the first and second floor, but they vacated the premises on June 10 this year. The ground floor is occupied by an Indian, who residents said was presently out of town.

Sources said several wedding ceremonies had taken place in the area on Saturday night and investigators were examining the possibility that the miscreants were inebriated while returning from a wedding. Israel embassy spokesperson Ohad Horsandi said, “Last night, an incident of firing was reported in the neighbourhood where foreign diplomats reside. Every detail is being taken care of by the Delhi Police. I will not comment any further. We have full faith and confidence in Delhi Police’s probe. All questions may be directed to them.”

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