Two persons were injured after a retired Army officer allegedly shot them near the Valiyavila junction in the Poojappura police station limits around 9.15 p.m. on Wednesday.

The police said Lieutenant Colonel (Retd.) M. Brelvi was taken into custody. He allegedly fired his revolver at a crowd that had blocked him after his car hit a pedestrian. The two injured were identified as Manoj, 35, and Venkateswar Rao, 47. They were taken to the Government Medical College Hospital here, and subjected to emergency surgeries.

The condition of Mr. Rao, who was shot in the abdomen, was serious, while Mr. Manoj, who was injured in the right leg, was out of danger, according to available information.

The police said that after Mr. Brelvi’s car hit a pedestrian near the Valiyavila junction, the local people refused to let him go. He allegedly lost his cool after arguing for long with them, and reportedly pulled out his revolver and opened fire at them.

The crowd is then said to have manhandled Mr. Brelvi, who was shifted to the General Hospital from where the police have secured his custody.

With Mr. Rao being a Left activist, Left parties took out a protest march towards Mr. Brelvi’s house near Valiyavila.