Srinagar: A paramilitary BSF trooper posted at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s residence at Gupkar here Monday opened a burst of gunfire causing panic in the high security area.
Constable Krishna Ghosh of BSF’s 59 battalion was on guard duty on the outer ring of the CM residence when all of a sudden he fired around eight rounds in the air, officials told Kashmir Reader.
Omar was not in the house at the time of the incident.
The trooper, who was described “mentally unsound” by the police, was immediately overpowered by his colleagues and his rifle was seized. He was later handed to higher officials of the BSF.
The gunshots triggered panic in the high security zone. The teams of SSG, CRPF and army visited the area to take stock of the situation. A team from Ram Munshi Bagh police station also reached the spot and recorded statement of eyewitnesses.
Superintendent of Police (SP) West, Harmeet Singh told Kashmir Reader the BSF trooper’s “mental state is unsound. We have filed a case (FIR no. 181/2014) under section 336 of RPC in this regard. Further investigations are on.”
Omar Abdullah, who is in New Delhi, quickly reacted to the incident.
“Notwithstanding today’s incident with the BSF jawan stationed at my residence in Srinagar today, I have full confidence in my security team,” Omar wrote on the micro-blogging website Twitter.
Meanwhile, the BSF has said Ghosh, the trooper who fired in the air, wouldn’t be posted on duty again till the inquiry into the incident is over and he is given a clearance by the doctors.
Ghosh, a 2012 recruit, was “physically fit but started behaving abnormally this morning, presently he is not talking to anyone,” a BSF spokesman was quoted as saying by the PTI.
The spokesman said apparently there were no administrative issues with the constable.
“He has been availing the leave entitlement. There is nothing on that front,” he added.