15 - 05 - 2021

ITBP jawan shoots dead 5 colleagues, injures 2 in Chhattisgarh

New Delhi, Dec 04,2019:In a suspected case of fratricide, an ITBP jawan allegedly opened fire at his colleagues in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Narayanpur district on Wednesday, killing five personnel and injuring two others, a senior police official said.

The jawan who opened the fire was also killed, but it was not yet clear whether he committed suicide or was neutralised by fellow troopers, he said.

The incident took place around 8.30 am in a camp of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s 45th battalion at Kadenar village, around 350 km from here, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI.

“An ITBP constable, identified as Masudul Rahman, of Nadia in West Bengal, opened fire from his service weapon, killing four troopers at the spot and injuring three other jawans, after some dispute,” he said.

One of the injured personnel succumbed to his injuries later, while Rahman was also killed in the incident, he said. “It was not yet clear whether Rahman killed himself or died in retaliation by his colleagues. Weapons of the killed jawans will be checked to ascertain whether they had retaliated or not,” the IG said, adding that further details of the incident were awaited.

The two injured jawans were airlifted and admitted to a private hospital in Raipur, he added.

Those who died were identified as Head Constable Mahendra Singh of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh, Head Constable Daljit Singh of Ludhiana in Punjab, Constable Surjit Sarkar of Burdwan in West Bengal, Constable Biswaroop Mahtoo of Purulia in West Bengal and Constable Bijeesh of Kozhikode in Kerala.

The two jawans injured in the incident are Constable SB Ullas of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and Constable Sitaram Doon of Nagour in Rajasthan. ( input from news agencies )