Shimla firing incident

Shimla firing incident, cop to face action: Report

Shimla firing incident

The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to take strict action against the cop who allegedly opened fire near Taradevi, killing a 26-year-old youth on January 9.

The Home department has decided to take action on the basis of the inquiry report submitted by the Additional District Magistrate (Law and Order) Shimla N K Lath who was appointed inquiry officer to look into the circumstances under which the police opened fire resulting in death of the youth, sources said.

“Even if the cop opened fire in self-defence, he couldn’t have exceeded his limits and the police should have exercised self-restraint,” Lath said in his report.

“I have inquired into the incident in depth and submitted the report to the government and consequently the government has decided to take further action against the cop”, Lath added, confirming that he had received the communique of Home department in this regard.

Constable Ranbir Singh would now face criminal proceedings under section 304 of Indian Penal Code (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and departmental enquiry would be held simultaneously against the erring constable, he said.

The incident took place around 11 PM at the place where vehicles impounded by the police were parked at Tara Devi on January 9.

Two persons suffered bullet wounds, while Youdhvir Singh succumbed to injures in the wee hours at IGMC hospital.

While the police argued it had to fire in self-defence, the relatives of the deceased and the injured youth alleged that “it was a murder triggered by a minor altercation”.

The issue had led to protest demonstrations in different parts of the city and family members and residents of the locality demand action against the cops who allegedly resorted to “unprovoked firing”.

Following this, the government ordered a magisterial probe into the matter. An FIR has been lodged against the constable, police said.-PTI

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