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Techie attacks people with sword before being shot

A 26-year-old ‘mentally depressed’ software engineer on Tuesday went on a rampage here as he attacked people on the street with a sword and severely injured as many as six persons, including his parents and two policemen, before being fatally shot by police.

Balvinder Singh alias Babloo, resident of Laxmi Nagar locality of Karimnagar town in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, was undergoing treatment for mental depression and other psychological problems following his failure in the civil services examination recently, said Deputy Superintendent of Police, J Rama Rao.

An employee with a multinational IT firm in Bengaluru, Balvinder was staying with his parents for the past one month and undergoing treatment.

“This morning, he attacked his parents with a sword. Thereafter, he came out on the street and started attacking people aimlessly. He also attacked two police constables.

Sensing the danger, our police inspector (Vijay Sarathi) shot him,” Rama Rao said.

After being informed about Balvinder’s violent turn, police rushed to the spot in a van and tried to overpower him. An eyewitness said that Balvinder also injured himself with the sword and damaged the windshield of a vehicle parked in the area. “Balvinder attacked a constable and tried to strike him with the sword. He was shot and then taken to the government hospital. He died there. Initial information says that six persons were injured by him,” the DSP said.

Officer on Special Duty, Karimnagar, L Subba Rayudu said that Balvinder’s father was severely injured in the attack.

“His mother is recovering though she is not able to talk to anybody at the moment. His father is severely injured. We will be able to get more details only when they talk. Then only will we be able to assess as to what actually prompted him (Balvinder) to behave like that,” Subba Rayudu told a news agency.
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