NEW DELHI - Vice chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Marshal Shirish Baban Deo accidentally shot himself in the thigh while keeping his official weapon aside after the day’s work, media reports said Thursday.

He was given medical aid and is said to be stable and out of danger.

Air Marshal Deo was rushed to a military hospital in Delhi on Wednesday evening where he underwent a surgery and his femur bone was set, said official sources. Deo had taken over as the vice chief of the Indian Air Force in July.

Commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF in June 1979, he is an alumnus of the country’s prestigious defense institutes, the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Defence Services Staff College.

Indian media adds: The vice chief reportedly injured himself while he was keeping his pistol aside after returning from office.

Sources said the accidental fire tok place as he was keeping his pistol on the side table. Following this, he was taken to the hospital and treated upon. He is expected to be released soon. His condition is learnt to be stable.

Meanwhile, the Air Force hasn’t issued any statement in this regards so far.

Air Marshal Deo took the charge as the vice chief of the Air Staff in January 2017. He was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF on June 15, 1979, and is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.