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ITBP jawan shoots 5 colleagues dead, then kills himself in Bastar

ITBP head constable Daljit Singh’s daughter (in grey) consoles her mother in their house at Jangpur village in...Read More
RAIPUR: An ITBP jawan shot seven of his colleagues, killing five of them, before allegedly turning the AK47 on himself at a camp in insurgency-hit Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar on Wednesday morning.
The jawan, identified by police as constable Masudul Rahman, was packing his bags in the barracks for a month’s leave when he grabbed a colleague’s AK47 and started firing. Authorities are yet to say what triggered it.
As per records and his colleagues, Rahman — a bachelor — was a professional who focussed on duty. “The camp of ITBP’s 45 Battalion is deep in a forest region. Initial reports say Rahman hadn’t taken leave last year (paramilitary personnel get two months leave a year).
He was told to take a break as he had been on duty for a year. He complied with the order and was packing his luggage, along with four other colleagues, when the incident happened at 9am,” Bastar IG P Sundarraj told TOI. “Whether he killed himself or was shot by other jawans in self-defence is being probed. Forensic and ballistic exams are on,” the IG added.
Rahman — from Nadia in West Bengal — had surrendered his weapon as he was going on leave, but suddenly picked up a colleague’s assault rifle and began shooting. Bastar IG Sundarraj said there was no gunfight among the jawans.
“It was all over in three-four minutes,” he said. Those killed were identi-fied as head constables Mahendra Singh and Daljit Singh , and constables Surjit Sarkar, Biswaroop Mahtoo and Bijeesh. Constables S B Ullas and Sitaram Doon were injured. Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel extending condolences to the bereaved families said, “We must know if jawans are under depression or facing any other problem.” Home minister Tamradhwaj Sahu denied that leave was not a factor behind the fragging incident.
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