UP bank guard opens fire at customer trying to enter without mask

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On Friday, a security guard at the Bank of Baroda’s Station Road branch in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly allegedly opened fire on a customer who was attempting to make his way inside without a mask, reported Press Trust of India (PTI) quoting the police.

As per the report, Rajesh Kumar, the customer, was seriously injured and admitted to the district hospital while the guard has been taken into police custody, Superintendent of Police (City) Ravindra Kumar told PTI.

Kumar had been to the bank for some work about 11:30 am when an argument occurred with Keshav Prasad Mishra, the guard, who fired at him in rage, the SP told PTI.

“The injured who is a railway employee was taken to hospital & he is out of danger. The guard has been taken into custody. Probe underway,” SSP told ANI.

In a statement, the bank regretted the unfortunate incident and extended help to Kumar’s family.

As per the report, Geeta Bhusal, senior manager of the Bank said the forensic team of the police is checking the CCTV footage. “The exact status of the incident will be known only after watching the footage,” she added.

After receiving information about the incident, IGP, Bareilly Range Ramit Sharma, SSP Rohit Singh Sajwan, SP City Ravindra Kumar and others reached the spot and the forensic team started investigation, reads the report.

The bank later issued a statement saying, “We deeply regret the unfortunate firing incident that took place as a result of a reported altercation between the guard and the victim. The injured has been immediately admitted in the district hospital and is reportedly out of danger.”

“The bank has extended every support (financial and otherwise) to the aggrieved family. The guard, who was deployed by a private security agency, has been immediately relieved of his duties and has also been arrested by the police,” it said, as per the report.

The statement added that the bank is working with police authorities in their investigations.

“We are also conducting an internal investigation through the bank’s security officials in order to ensure that any such random incident also does not happen in future and customer safety is always ensured,” it said.

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