Kanpur: A sub-inspector, another cop and a home guard were injured when a man resorted to indiscriminate firing after having an altercation with his family members and locking them up in a room of the house.
The policemen were injured when they arrived to rescue the locked son and daughter-in-law of the accused after being alerted about the incident.
The incident occurred in Shyam Nagar area of Chakeri on Sunday afternoon.
Police officials said, the accused Ram Kumar Dubey, a share trader and resident of C-Block, Shyam Nagar, lives with his wife Kiran Dubey, elder son Siddharth, latter’s wife Bhawna and physically challenged daughter Chandni.
Dubey’s younger son Rahul and daughter-in-law Joy Shree live separately.
Bhawna told investigators that her father-in-law is suffering from some psychological disorder.
“He had been telling us to vacate the house. There was a dispute on the same issue on Sunday at around 1pm. He locked us in a room and started firing indiscriminately outside, triggering panic in the area,” she told cops.
A team from Chakeri police station rushed to the spot on being alerted. Dubey again opened fire when he saw cops, hitting sub-inspector Himanshu Tyagi in the hand. Another cop Ram Ratan and a home guard Ashwani Kumar also sustained bullet wounds in their hands.
The injured cops informed their seniors about the incident following which additional force was requisitioned.
Police teams from several police stations rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area.
Additional commissioner of police Rahul Mithas, deputy commissioner of police (East) Pramod Kumar and additional commissioner of police Cantt Mrigank Shekhar Pathak also reached the spot to supervise the operation.
“Policemen wearing bullet proof jackets lead from the front. Somehow, we managed to engage the man who got a bit rattled on seeing so much force. The entire operation lasted for nearly two hours,” the DCP said.
“The preliminary investigations show that the man had fired between 30 to 40 rounds. As of now, we have recovered 15 empty cartridges from the house. All the family members are safe, and timely action by the police averted a major eventuality. We have seized his licensed double barrel gun and are still trying to recover a revolver,” he added.
“The man has been arrested. We will send him to hospital for a proper medical examination since his family members claim that he is suffering from some psychological disorder. We will initiate further action and book the accused under relevant sections of IPC, while investigations are still on,” said police officials.
The three injured have been admitted to a hospital and are undergoing treatment.