Colleagues and partners in a workplace must protect the others back. But that was not what happened in the case of this jawan.
In a major setback to CRPF in Naxal-hit Bijapur district in Chattisgarh, a constable turned his own service weapon – an AK-47 – at his colleagues.
A CRPF constable posted in a hyper-sensitive Maoist-affected area has allegedly killed four of his colleagues and injured another after a fight broke out in paramilitary’s 168th battalion at Badaguda in the tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
The constable Sanant Kumar opened fire after getting into a scuffle. The incident took place around 5.15pm.
As the jawan sprayed bullets on five CRPF, four (two sub-inspectors, one assistant sub-inspector, and a constable lost their lives after the shootout) succumbed to fatal gunshot wounds while one person sustained critical bullet injury. At least two of the fatally injured were Sub Inspector (SI) rank personnel.
CRPF evacuated the injured soldier by MI-17 helicopter to Raipur. CRPF top official said Sanant Kumar was overpowered and finally handed over to Chhattisgarh police.
A high-level inquiry has been ordered even as senior officials rushed to the remote Naxal-hit location. While the Immediate reason for the fratricide was not known.
A senior officer said, “we are trying to ascertain the reason for the tragic incident.” The constable was deployed in Allahabad till his transfer to Basaguda in April.
The deceased has been identified as sub-inspectors V K Sharma, Megh Singh and RaJvir Singh and constable G K Rao. Constable Gajanand sustained injuries.
Chief Minister Raman Singh condemned the incident and said that he stood with the families of the victims in their time of grief.