Mobile shop worker injured as ASI service gun explodes in Amritsar : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Charanjit Singh Teja

Amritsar, October 19

A worker at a mobile store in Liberty Market near the train station was seriously injured when accidentally fired from the service pistol of an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of the police here today. The victim has been identified as Raju.

What led to the incident

ASI Harbhajan Singh, deployed at Lawrence Road Police Station, went to Liberty Market to buy a mobile phone. According to senior police officials, he used to visit the same store and the owner and workers were known to him. The store workers asked him to show the gun. He took the gun out of the holster and started sharing details about it. As he described the features of the gun, one of the workers tried to pick it up. As it was loaded with bullets, the ASI immediately attempted to take it back from him. As he was going to put it back in the holster, he accidentally pulled the trigger.

ASI Harbhajan Singh, deployed at Lawrence Road Police Station, went to Liberty Market to buy a mobile phone. According to senior police officials, he used to visit the same store and the owner and workers were known to him. The store workers asked him to show the gun. He took the gun out of the holster and started sharing details about it. As he described the features of the gun, one of the workers tried to pick it up. As it was loaded with bullets, the ASI immediately attempted to take it back from him. As he was going to put it back in the holster, he accidentally pulled the trigger. Raju was shot in the chest and fell to the ground.

The victim was rushed to a nearby private hospital for treatment. He is in intensive care and his condition is described as serious. Senior police officers arrived at the scene and arrested ASI Harbhajan Singh.

Mukhwinder Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) said ASI has been arrested and action will be taken based on the statement of the injured. The department would also conduct a departmental investigation into ASI’s negligence.

Social activist Mandeep Singh Manna went to Liberty Market and demanded justice for the victim. Manna demanded the filing of a case against ASI and a fair investigation. CCTV footage of the incident also went viral in the evening.

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