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.