Drunk man fires toy gun at MLA's office, creates scare

Drunk man fires toy gun at MLA's office, creates scare

Anger over not being allowed to meet legislator

A man was detained with a toy pistol outside a Congress MLA’s office at north-west Delhi’s Pitampura on Tuesday.

“We received a call at the police control room about firing outside an office at 11.20 am. A police team rushed to the spot and found a drunk man with a toy pistol,” said Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.

Ravinder Yadav, 45, who runs a stone crusher business, arrived at MLA Anil Bhardwaj’s office at 99 Chanderlok in Pitampura and wanted to meet him. When aides told him that Bhardwaj was not present, Yadav started abusing them.

He then took out a toy pistol and fired it thrice.

The toy pistol had no projectiles or crackers. It just made a loud noise when the trigger was pressed, police said.

Yadav was nabbed on the spot and taken to Subhash Place police station.

Failed attempts

Yadav said he wanted to meet Bhardwaj, and he had approached him number of times earlier but of no avail.

He was angry over this and went with his toy pistol to scare aides who prevented him from meeting Bhardwaj.

He said being a citizen, he had every right to meet the elected representative from his area.

“He has been apprehended and we are still questioning,” said Bhagat, adding Yadav was a Congress worker.

Meanwhile, Bhardwaj, who was not present at his office, said a man came to his office to meet him.

But when his officer bearers told him that he was not there, the man started abusing them over which they objected.

“The man then took out a pistol and fired in the air. Scared, my workers fled and informed police,” said Bhardwaj.

A case has been registered but the forensics team maintains that only a toy pistol was used, police said.