A 22 year old man, identified as Sridesh Adhikari, shot himself inside Delhi’s Rajiv Chowk Metro Station on the night of 1st October. The notable thing about the major security breach was how the man was able to outsmart Delhi Metro’s security check. The incident, which took place around 9.45 PM, raised serious concern over security in the Delhi Metro network. Authorities are now trying to ascertain how Adhikari managed to get through the security at the station with the armed weapon.
“There has been a security lapse. We are assessing CCTV footage to ascertain the sequence of events. We are investigating how he entered the station with a country-made gun. We are also taking the statements of eye-witnesses,” said Jitendra Mani, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Metro.
Both Delhi Police and CISF, which secures Metro premises, have initiated separate probe into the incident. It is being looked into how he could manage to enter the metro station with a gun, a police officer said.
According to police, Sridesh boarded a train from Chandni Chowk station (on Yellow Line) and was on his way to Noida (on Blue Line).
While changing train at Rajiv Chowk, he went to a secluded corner and allegedly tried to shoot himself on his head but he missed the target and the bullet grazed past his shoulder. Hearing the gun shot, CISF personnel rushed to the spot and called up the police control room.
He was taken to RML Hospital. A senior official at the hospital said though Sridesh was bleeding profusely he was in senses and talking. The bullet hit his left shoulder and he was being operated upon, the hospital official said.
Metro Authorities told after questioning of some passengers has revealed that the youth boarded a metro train from Chandni Chowk metro station and if these claims are found to be true, it could effectively mean that the man sneaked in a pistol into a metro train compartment.A case under relevant sections of IPC and the Arms Act has been registered and investigation in underway, the police officer said, adding that Sridesh will be interrogated once doctors declare him fit.