Bareilly: A security guard stationed at the Junction Road branch of Bank of Baroda reportedly opened fire on a customer trying to force entry without a mask, police said.
The client, Rajesh Kumar, was seriously injured and admitted to the district hospital while the guard was taken into custody, said (city) police commissioner Ravindra Kumar.
Rajesh Kumar had come to the bank for work around 11:30 a.m. when an altercation took place with the guard, Keshav Prasad Mishra, who angrily shot him, the SP said.
The bank, in a statement, said it regretted the unfortunate incident and provided assistance to the injured family.
Eyewitnesses said the guard was heard screaming several times before being taken into custody as the client was trying to force his way inside without a mask and mistreated him when he was checked. He also said he must have opened fire when the client broke in.
The SP said the client’s statement will be recorded once he regains consciousness.
Geeta Bhusal, senior manager of the Bank of Baroda Junction Road branch, said the police forensic team was checking the CCTV footage. The exact status of the incident will only be known after looking at the footage, she added.
After receiving information about the incident, IGP, Bareilly Range Ramit Sharma, SSP Rohit Singh Sajwan, SP City Ravindra Kumar and others arrived at the scene and the forensic team opened an investigation.
The bank later released a statement saying: We deeply regret the unfortunate shooting incident which took place as a result of a reported altercation between the guard and the victim. The injured man was immediately admitted to the district hospital and is said to be out of danger.
The bank extended all aid (financial and other) to the injured family. The guard, who was deployed by a private security agency, was immediately relieved of his duties and was also arrested by police, he said.
The statement added that the bank is working with law enforcement authorities in their investigations.
“We are also carrying out an internal investigation through the bank’s security officials to ensure that such a random incident does not happen again in the future and that the safety of customers is always ensured,” he said. -he declares.
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