A 52-year-old Home Guard member was shot dead in a clash with police after indiscriminately firing numerous bullets in a fit of “mental distress”, which gave the initial impression that it was a naxal attack, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Munger police superintendent Manavendra Singh Dhillon said the incident took place at an outpost at Bariarpur police station, where gunshots were heard after midnight on Monday.
“The police station told us concerned that a suspected naxal attack had taken place and that gunshots had been fired into the thickness of the darkness. We rushed, with a heavy contingent, to the site of the incident which is surrounded by dense forests and vulnerable to strikes by the Maoists, ”he said.
“Retaliatory fire started on our side. Over time we learned that it was Home Guard Jawan Mohd Zahid who fired the shots. Those who knew him well said he had been in mental distress for some time. time, ”the SP added.
The shooting stopped after the shooting on the other side ended. Zahid’s bullet-riddled body was found lying in a pool of blood inside an open-top sink near the outpost from which he was firing into the air, Mr Dhillon said.
The body has been sent for an autopsy and further investigations are underway, he added.