Police claim NCC hardly cooperated with them during investigation; instructor did not abide by guidelines and fired from behind cadets.
The Deccan Gymkhana Police has filed a chargesheet against NCC (National Cadet Corps) instructor Amod Ghanekar in connection with the February 1 Parag Ingle case,even while claiming that the NCC had hardly cooperated with them during the investigation.
Ingle had been wounded during what is being called an accidental firing on the part of the instructor and has been in coma for the past more than three months.
On the morning of February 1,cadets from Loyola High School in Pashan reached the NCC Group headquarters on Senapati Bapat Road for firing practice. They were accompanied by their 27-year-old instructor Amod Ghanekar. After all the students from Ingles group finished their rounds,the cadets took a lunch break.
The chargesheet stated that during this break,out of the 600 bullets allotted to the detail,some still remained. So Ghanekar decided to utilise those and asked the cadets to fire a few more rounds.
Manohar Joshi,senior police inspector with Deccan Gymkhana Police,said,Ghanekar formed a detail of four to practise together.
The chargesheet stated that Ghanekar is a trained NCC officer,who had failed to abide by the set guidelines of firing practice and fired while standing behind the students. Just as he fired his 0.22 calibre rifle,Parag who was lying flat on the ground,suddenly got up and took the bullet on his head. He was rushed to Command Hospital where he underwent surgery. He has been in coma ever since. Meanwhile,Ghanekar was arrested under Section 308 of the Indian Penal Code for attempt to commit culpable homicide,for which the maximum punishment is seven years. He was subsequently released on bail after a few days.
Joshi said,The chargesheet contains a list of 15 questions that the police had asked the NCC authorities,replies to which were received by the police only after several reminders and requests. Initially,the NCC did not respond to our reminders. And the answers they gave were also very short and hardly bore any information. They have said that it was Ghanekars mistake and that he had ignored the rules. The NCC has,however,not given us the report of the internal inquiry that was being conducted. There was hardly any cooperation on their part.
We had also asked the NCC if it was safe to carry out firing practice within the city,a place so close to residential areas and educational institutes. In reply,the NCC had said that practice has been going on at the range since 1964 and no guidelines regarding firing range were not available in their records, Joshi said,adding that the trial in the case will begin soon.
NCC was not careful
Its been three and a half months since Parag was shot at and now a chargesheet has been filed. Why was he (Ghanekar) allowed to shoot? If only the National Cadet Corps (NCC) would have been more careful,my son would have been healthy today. He is still in coma and always has high temperature. Even now,the police and the NCC are debating whether the bullet hit Parag on the side of his head or in the middle of his forehead, said Devendra Ingle,Parags father. Now all I want is the guilty to be booked as soon as possible. Justice can not be delayed any more. Apart from the instructor,the NCC is equally at fault. I hope we get justice soon, added Ingle.