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SHILLONG, Jan 21:

A Personal Security Officer (PSO) of Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek, Wanshan Wahlang was seriously injured after he mistakenly shot himself while cleaning his 9 mm service pistol today.

The incident took place at the State Central Library premises when the function to observe the 48th Meghalaya Day was going on at U Soso Tham Auditorium where Hek along with Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma attended the function.

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According to police, the PSO was sitting in the vehicle and cleaning his pistol when it misfired, pierced through his leg and the vehicle front door. The PSO was immediately taken to the Shillong Civil Hospital.

Meanwhile, the incident led to a short commotion outside the auditorium, but did not affect the proceedings of the programmes as many did not even hear the gunshot.

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