Narrow escape for clerk at Kottayam taluk office as gun brought for inspection goes off


K. R. Prahladan

The bullet ricocheted off a pillar nearby and went out. Luckily for Aneesh and Boban, the bullet went in the opposite direction they were standing.

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Kottayam: A section clerk at the taluk office here had a narrow escape after a gun went off during inspection around 12.45 pm on Tuesday.

Boban Thomas, an industrialist, had brought his pistol to the taluk office for inspection. Boban wanted to renew the licence for his gun and an inspection by the Tahsildar and police was mandatory.

When Boban came to the Taluk office, a land tribunal meeting was going on at the office of Tahsildar P. G. Rajendra Babu. So Boban was asked to wait outside.

At 12.40 pm, the Tahsildar asked to call Boban to his cabin. Section clerk C. A. Aneesh Kumar directed Boban to Tahsildar's office along with the files.

While they were on the veranda outside the Tahsildar’s cabin, the gun went off. The bullet ricocheted off a pillar nearby and went out. Luckily for Aneesh and Boban, the bullet went in the opposite direction they were standing.

Hearing the noise, the Tahsildar and other officers and staff came to the spot. Boban admitted that it was his mistake which led to the gun going off.

After recording the matter, the Tahsildar refused to inspect the gun. However, he allowed Boban to return home.

The bullet case (cartridge case) was later recovered from the premises. Based on a direction from the Taluk office, the police registered a case.

Loaded gun brought for inspection violating norms

"A gun must be unloaded while being brought for inspection. Boban failed to follow this rule. A report will be submitted stating that he is unfit to carry the firearm," said Kottayam Tahsildar P. G. Rajendra Babu.

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