A second policeman has died of a gunshot wound within one month in the same police station in Sangrur. Both the incidents have been called as accidents where the weapon discharged unintentionally when they fell out of the victims’ hands as they lost balance.
Constable Ranjit Singh, posted at Sangrur City police station, died on Thursday night when an AK-47 rifle went off after it fell from his hands as he rose from a chair to stand. The bullet is said to have entered his chest from the front, and exited the body close to the right ear, killing him on the spot.
In a similar incidence, head constable Manjinder Singh of the same police station, had died after he fainted in the bathroom and lost control over his carbine, which went off as it fell on the floor. In his case, the bullet had struck him in the head.
Both cases were closed by the police after the registration of FIRs under Section 174 of the CrPC.
As per reports, all police men present on duty gave the exact same version of last night’s incident, without even a minor variation. The munshi was said to have set up his work table outdoors within the police station, and he was holding an AK-47 while sitting at his desk when the “accident” took place around 10.30 pm.
Major Singh, father of the munshi, was at the local Civil Hospital, where the post-mortem was conducted. He said, Ranjit died from accidental fire. When asked if he suspected anything else, he refused to speak further.
SSP Mandeep Sidhu too stated that it was an accident. The SHO, however, said the police were prepared to reopen the investigation if the family wanted.