Three persons were injured at a tea stall in Lohiyanagar in Bhavani Peth on Thursday evening when a cosntables machine gun accidentally went off. Senior officers have said action against the constable,who is attached to Khadak police station,will be taken after a detailed report on the incident is received.
The incident took place at Ambika Amrutatultya tea stall when constables Vilas Kashid and Sharad Jhanjare,who were on regular patrol duty,had gone there for a cup of tea around 5.40 pm. Deputy commissioner of police (Zone II) Raghunath Khaire said,Kashid was holding his automatic carbine machine gun in the hand. A customer who was entering the shop brushed against Kashid,dropped the gun in the process. To prevent it from hitting the floor,he tried to grab it when it went off and three rounds were fired. All three rounds first hit the ground. Three persons sustained bullet injuries on the legs.
Two of the injured persons were customers at the stall while the third works as an employee.
Dilip Tekale,the employee at the stall,suffered an injury in his calf muscle. One of the bullets hit Sandeep Aadep,a customer,on his left toe. Abid Salam Khan,the other customer,was injured in his left heel. All of them were rushed to Sassoon General Hospital and are now out of danger, said Khaire.
Zameer Sayyad,an eyewitness said,I saw two cops entering the stall. The next minute I heard gunshots and found three people bleeding.
Assistant commissioner of police Ranjeet Dhure said,The automatic carbine machine gun has a safety lock. But it can get unlocked if the gun receives a jerk. Unfortunately,the gun went into automatic firing mode in which all the rounds in the gun are fired continuously till the trigger is pressed. Fortunately,out of 35 only five rounds were loaded. A major accident has been averted. We will inquire into the matter and action will be initiated if the constable is found negligent in handling of the weapon.
After the incident,senior officers including additional commissioner of police (crime) Anant Shinde,DCP Rajesh Bansode and ACP Vinod Satav visited the spot.