Rawalpindi - An armed drunken man snatched a car and later resorted to aerial firing on GT Road here at Gujar Khan yesterday.

When police reached the scene and tried to overpower the accused, he started shouting, “Don’t try to catch me or come near me or else I would detonate my suicide vest.” The trouble creator also blocked the GT Road for all kinds of vehicular movement for more than one hour. A passerby was also injured in the firing incident, who was rushed to Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) for treatment where his condition is told to be critical.

Police overwhelmed the accused by firing a tear gas shell inside his car and later arrested him. A case on the charges of terrorism was also lodged against him.

The accused was identified as Riaz, a resident of Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to police and eyewitnesses, a man namely Riaz snatched a car from one Raja Rab Nawaz and sped away towards GT Road.

Later he started aerial firing with a pistol on GT Road. As a result a passerby Abdul Shakoor sustained a bullet injury.

The man created fear and harassment with aerial firing on GT Road blocking it for traffic for more than one hour. The police and eyewitnesses said that SHO of police station Gujar Khan tried to capture the man but he also opened firing at him. The SHO hardly escaped from being injured.

They said the shooter was shouting that he was wearing a suicide vest and he would detonate it if somebody tried to catch him.

Later, police fired a tear gas shell into car of the man that made forced him to come out of car with intense cough and tears coming out from his eyes. Within no time, the police overwhelmed him and recovered a 30-bore pistol and bullets and shifted him to police station.

ASP Gujar Khan Muhammad Ayaz Umrani confirmed the incident.