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Muthoot security guard kills two,shoots self

A security guard at a South Delhi office of the Muthoot Finance Group shot dead two employees of the company before turning the gun on himself this evening.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
September 2, 2011 2:03:28 am

The guard complained of being overworked and underpaid

A security guard at a South Delhi office of the Muthoot Finance Group shot dead two employees of the company before turning the gun on himself this evening. Two other employees,both women,suffered gunshot injuries.

It appears that the guard,23-year-old Bishram Singh from Etah in UP,was upset over low wages and long hours,police said. Singh had been employed with Sky Force Security for about a year and a half,and was posted to the Muthoot regional office in Govindpuri Extension.

“Eyewitnesses to the incident have told us that while he was shooting he shouted about his low pay and the long working hours,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) Amulya Patnaik said.

Two victims of Singh’s rage,Jomesh and Krishna,succumbed to injuries at AIIMS Trauma Centre. Of the other two victims,while Anu is in critical condition,Nidhi seems to be out of danger.

“He opened fire in a fit of rage at 7.45 pm and the four victims were the closest. It does not seem like he targeted them in particular. A .315 bore rifle was used for the shooting,” Additional Commissioner of Police (South East) Ajay Chaudhary said. The weapon was licensed to him,police said.

A visibly shaken employee of the office,who was present at the scene,said that Singh would be frequently vent about his working conditions.

“Bishram often used to complain to those who would listen to him. He would always talk about his horrible working conditions. Today,he was talking aloud but no one really stopped to listen,so in a fit of rage he started firing. Everyone tried to duck wherever they could,and some ran out the door. Luckily,since it was almost closing time,there were not many customers. He fired for a short while,and then shot himself in the head,” said the employee,who declined to give his name.

The shots triggered panic in the area. Sandipa Deban,who has a grocery shop adjacent to the office,said,“As shots rang out,two or three people sprinted out of the office. When the firing stopped a crowd gathered,but nobody dared to go inside. In another ten minutes,the police arrived.”

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