Constable shoots himself while cleaning his pistol

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BANGALORE: A constable was killed on the spot after he accidentally fired a bullet while cleaning his pistol, at the centre for counter-terrorism training at Koodlu, in HSR Layout police limits, on Saturday.

A training instructor attached to the anti-terrorist squad (ATS) died on the spot at the firing range in Hoodi in Bangalore after he accidentally shot himself with his pistol.

The victim, Satish (27), was at the firing range to train members of the ATS on Saturday. According to police, the incident occurred around 1.15 p.m. when he was cleaning the pistol after the practice session.

“Normally after any practice session, the trigger is pressed thrice to ensure all the bullets are emptied from both the magazine as well as the muzzle. However, Mr. Satish did not follow this standard procedure on Saturday. A bullet that was still in the pistol was fired when he pressed the trigger when he was cleaning it,” a police official said.

The bullet pierced his chest and hit a wall and ricocheted off it, hitting Mr. Satish on his back, sources said. Mr. Satish collapsed and died on the spot. He was declared ‘brought dead’ at St. John’s Hospital where a post-mortem was conducted.

The victim Satish, 27, a native of Soraba in Shimoga district, was a constable with Garuda Commando Force and had joined service five years ago, police said.

The incident took place around 12.30pm. He accidentally pulled the trigger, and a bullet pierced through his abdomen. He was rushed to St John’s Hospital where he succumbed to the injury later, police added.

“He was unmarried and was staying with his friends. It is an accident. Compensation will be given to his family members. The body will be handed over to his parents after postmortem on Sunday,” police sources said.


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