6 injured as bank guard’s gun accidentally explodes in UP district

Six women, including five schoolgirls, were injured by pellets after a bank guard’s gun accidentally exploded when falling to the ground.

The incident happened in Mughalpura region on Tuesday as the guard tried to control the crowd at the bank on Tuesday.

The families of the injured girls gathered outside the bank to protest.

The guard was arrested and his weapon seized, police said.

According to reports, about 60 customers, including some college girls, had come to withdraw the money from the purse. They had gathered in front of the bank branch and were waiting for the doors to open.

Only 10 people allowed at a time as per Covid guidelines. When the door was opened several people tried to rush in and there was a fight with the guard.

In the ensuing melee, the guard’s 12-gauge cannon fell to the ground and exploded.

The injured were identified as Ruby Khan, 35, Rani, 18, Meera, 21, Rakhi Rastogi, 20, Megha Saini, 20 and Jwala, 22. They were taken to the district hospital for treatment.

Kathghar circle officer Ashutosh Tiwari then carried out an inspection and secured CCTV footage of the incident.

He said: “We have recorded the statement from the bank manager, who said the guard was following instructions. We have found no evidence to suggest this was a deliberate act. The footage CCTV footage shows the gun fell to the ground while he was Thankfully no one was seriously injured No complaints have yet been filed by any of the victims We will be filing an FIR against the guard for negligence.

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