BENGALURU: Frustrated with the delay in getting the documents of his new two-wheeler, a 38-year-old ex-serviceman opened fire at an automobile showroom in Kengeri on Saturday.
He also threatened the showroom owner of dire consequences if there is any further delay. In the melee, a staffer sustained minor injuries when he tried to run away upon hearing the shot being fired.
A police head constable attached to Kengeri police station, who was on the beat, arrested N D Jagadish after he heard the sound of gunfire. Jagadish, who works as a security guard in a private company on Cunningham Road, is a resident of Kengeri. He served with the 106-Parachute Regiment before taking voluntary retirement last year.
A senior police officer said Jagadish had booked a BS-III Honda Livo motorcycle on March 31, but had not got the registration papers even weeks after taking delivery of the vehicle. He visited the Satellite Motors showroom many times but the owner Mohammad Shafiullah would buy time.
On Saturday, Jagadish left the vehicle for servicing at the showroom. Around 4.10 pm, he went to get his motorcycle and asked the owner about the documents. Shafiullah asked him for a few more days’ time to hand over the registration papers.
“Angered by the response, Jagadish picked a quarrel at the showroom and loaded a bullet into his .32 pistol to threaten Shafiullah while his wife grabbed the latter’s arm. Shocked by the turn of events, the showroom staff ran away. Jagadish fired at the floor and started shouting. An employee, Farman, tried to jump out and sustained minor injuries on his right hand as he crashed into a glass door,” the officer said.
Head constable Chandrappa, who was on patrol duty, rushed to the scene and caught Jagadish after snatching the pistol from him. Jagadish tried to break free, but could not. For his quick action, Chandrappa was rewarded by senior police officials.
Police produced Jagadish before a magistrate and took him into custody. During interrogation, he told the police that he only wanted to threaten Shafiullah but the pistol accidentally fired when he and his wife caught Jagadish by the arm.