Three people have been injured after a policeman detonated a grenade inside a courtroom when the judge asked him how they work, seriously.
The officer, from the Sindh Police Department’s Kalakot station was giving evidence at a high-profile terrorism-related case in Karachi, Pakistan, reports The Telegraph.
The grenade was part of a cache of weapons thought to have been recovered from the defendant in the trial.
According to Daily Pakistan Global, the officer – believing the grenade had been deactivated – instead of explaining his expertise in weapons and grenade handling to the judge, opted to demonstrate practically by pulling out the pin from the grenade.
This resulted in a ‘loud explosion’, injuring three people including the constable and a court clerk. They were taken to a nearby hospital for first aid.
The courtroom was cleared in the aftermath of the explosion, the Bomb Disposal Squad alerted and the trial was suspended for the rest of the day.
In the confusion, police and paramilitary forces surrounded the area after the explosion fearing a terrorist attack – and security forces were put on high alert.
Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Sial told reporters that it was standard procedure to neutralise any explosives before bringing them into court and police have now launched an inquiry into exactly how a live grenade was allowed to be presented as evidence.
According to authorities, the constable who detonated the device will be punished severely after he recovers from his injuries.
I think we can assume everyone now knows how grenades work now…
Daily Pakistan Global