Hyderabad : Panic gripped Hydershakote village when a retired army personnel opened fire in the air to scare away a group of partying youth during Ganesh immersion ceremony.

Identified as Naga Mallesh, he had objected to a group of youngsters partying during the immersion ceremony. Police have detained Naga and registered a case under the Arms Act.

Sources said the incident occurred when the people played loud music and confronted the soldier. This angered Naga who fired two rounds in the air to scare them away. Alerted by a call from the residents, police rushed to the spot and started the investigation.

According to sources, the incident happened at Hydershakote village, falling under the jurisdiction of Narsingi police station of Cyberabad commissionerate.

A private broadband agency is operating from one of the flats in the apartment. The staff had set up an idol of Lord Ganesh in the office. As the immersion ceremony was taking place on Friday, the employers organized a party on the premises.

During the party, the employees reportedly consumed liquor and danced to loud music. Initially, it was normal, but as time passed, the music became louder.

The residents raised objections to this act, but the employees convinced them that they would disperse soon. However as it continued till late night, Naga Mallesh, who resides in the same apartment, took objection and told them to stop the party.

This led to an argument and some of the employees confronted Naga at his flat.

Naga pulled out his weapon and fired two rounds in the air. Hearing the gunshots, the employees fled the place. Night patrolling teams rushed to the spot and detained Naga Mallesh and seized his weapon.

They have also cordoned off the fire area for further clues and investigation. Narsingi police officials told media persons that a case under arms act has been registered and the investigation is underway.

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