Guard Opens Fire Outside CM House

SRINAGAR: Police Monday arrested a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan after he opened fire outside the heavily guarded residence of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in Gupkar.

SP East Harmeet Singh said that police swung into action soon after the incident and disarmed the visibly ‘frustrated’ trooper. He admitted that the jawan fired four shots in air that sparked scare in the high security zone. “Initial investigation revealed that the trooper is mentally unsound and he did it out of frustration,” he said.

However official sources said that around 9:30 in the morning, a BSF man identified as Krishan Gosh of 59 Battalion, brandishing his service rifle fired around a dozen bullet rounds in air. Sources said the firing caused panic in the area as guards there took it for a militant attack. They said the colleagues of BSF man and security personal guarding Chief Minister’s residence rushed towards Krishan Gosh and overpowered him.

The BSF man was immediately disarmed and additional contingents of police, including top officers and other forces reached on the spot and took stock of the situation.

Police said that an FIR vide number 181/2014 under section 336 of RPC has been registered against the accused trooper.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah soon after the incident tweeted and expressed full faith in his security team. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was not at his residence at the time of incident. 

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