The iconic Karni Singh Shooting Range (KSSR) in Delhi’s Tughlakabad area witnessed ugly and shocking scenes when two shooters broke into a fistfight on Sunday. The incident occurred in broad daylight close to the firing area, in front of spectators where other shooters were still training.
Delhi based shooter Shimon Sharif on Sunday tweeted a 40-second long video of the incident in which both the shooters can be seen fighting, using their hands and legs, while others were trying to control the situation by pushing the duo apart.
Sharing the video on Twitter with the caption "All is not well at the iconic Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range", Sharif tagged Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh and Sports Authority of India (SAI) in the post. Reportedly, NRAI has taken cognizance of the incident and launched a probe. Reportedly they got into a fight after an argument regarding the scheduling of rounds.
Karni Singh Range is a property of Sports Authority of India (SAI) and shooters are allowed to use the facility under the authority's 'pay and play' scheme. Reportedly, SAI has cancelled the 'pay and play' scheme membership of the duo, identified as Babar Khan and Yoginder Pal Singh.
The NRAI's Athletes Commission is headed by former international shooters Morad Ali Khan and also comprises Ashok Mittal, Vikram Batnagar, Anuja Jung and Sonia Rai.
While many users of the microblogging site have called the incident 'embarrassing' and 'disturbing', one blamed it on the administration.
Shotgun range at Karni Singh has been a big Administrative mess. Shooters are fighting with colleagues just to get enough practice to prepare themselves for coming National Championship. Its a complete administrative breakdown as 6 shotgun ranges r not being used optimumly at all— vivek kumar tripathi (@vivekku58563880) October 21, 2019
(with inputs from ANI)